The cleanliness of most NHS hospitals in England is threatened by frequent invasions of rats, fleas, bedbugs, flies and cockroaches, a report claims.
Figures released by the Conservatives show that 70% of NHS Trusts brought in the pest controllers at least 50 times between January 2006 and March 2008.
Of course, we knew this already. The reason lots of people left hospital more ill than when they went in, due to MRSA etc, was the filthy conditions in hospitals.
Now we could just look at how Communism styled health schemes have run througout the world and throughout time, to realise this would always be the case. If anyone saw the hospitals in the USSR or even todays hospitals in China (anyone see the elephant boy programme, I bet than made Commies proud!). When you know you don't have to compete with anyone else, then why try harder. Having a state owned monoply, funded with stolen money, will also sink to the abosolute lowest level of care possible,
HOWEVER, I don't think that will be true all of the time. There are a lot of caring people out there, who do it because they really do care, but even these people are impeded by this useless government. Instead of letting the hospitals get on with running themselves, they foisted hundreds of targets, admin and bean counting on them. They also try to run them all from the centre, which of course ends in disaster, as they are totally out of touch with reality at the centre.
The NHS is many ways is a noble idea. The idea that no matter how poor you are, you know you will be treated. The problem is, the method they have chosen to service that requirement. We have gone for the lazy option. The option where you just steal money from people and then use that fact as a stick to control from the centre.
Look around the world and you will find many better systems than ours. Better in that they don't steal and better in that they provide better care, more choice and hand back power to the people that matter.
The NHS was the wrong solution to a real problem. The sooner we recognise that, the better.