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Bureaucratic Meddling in Health Care Costs Lives (in Europe)

John on October 11, 2009 at 9:30 am

From the Telegraph:

Since August doctors have not been allowed to work more than 48 hours a week, under rules laid down in Brussels.

A survey of surgeons today reveals that two-thirds believe patient care has suffered since the changes were introduced, with almost half fearing basic safety has been put at risk.

The head of the Royal College of Surgeons, which organised the poll, said its members had reported safety incidents, including those resulting in patient deaths, which they believed were caused by the new system.

And just as predictably, government intervention in the marketplace (of Doctor’s time) has created a new grey market:

The majority of doctors surveyed said they were not genuinely compliant with the new rules, with a “grey market” emerging as doctors worked unpaid to maintain patient safety, while their true working hours went unrecorded. Seven out of 10 surgeons said they were still working more than 48 hours a week.

Prof Black said: “We have got these risks highlighted even with doctors putting in extra hours. It is hard to imagine how bad it would be if they weren’t doing that”.

How’d this happen?

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats accused the Government of rushing through the changes, without listening to repeated warnings from senior doctors that the restrictions would put patients at risk…

Andrew Lansley, the shadow health secretary, said the survey showed that despite the Government’s repeated claims that the directive was working, it had “scant idea” about what was really going on.

What a relief that nothing like that is happening here.

Related: Hot Air headlines notes this story of attempted euthanasia:

Ball, 42, from Robertsbridge, East Sussex, said: “My mother was going to be left to starve and dehydrate to death. It really is a subterfuge for legalised euthanasia of the elderly on the NHS. “

Almost sounds like, I don’t know…death panels. And of course, this is exactly what Democrats have in mind for your parents as well.

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