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(Original post by geminibubblegum)
No the NHS is awesome
It's quite quick to get a referral, the doctors are well trained, prescriptions are the same price no matter what the medicine and it's free!

go tell someone without any health insurance/provision this and they'll tell you how lucky you are
Agreed. Ok so they are not perfect but how can they possibly be? Sorry but I feel the need to defend the NHS who literally saved me life. Think what this country would be without it (thinking job-wise as well)
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Anyone else love the NHS?
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Can someone please explain to me the 'bad experiences' they've had with the NHS?
Waiting 4 years to have teeth removed, waiting almost 21 years for a diagnosis, being given the wrong diagnosis, waiting 4 years for a diagnosis & waiting a year for the proper diagnosis.

A friends' parent got told he'd be blind - he's fully sighted and has a driving licence.

I know someone whose daughter is 25 - she has no diagnosis. Her mum got told it's her fault - she's a single parent.:rolleyes:
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**** off to Bupa then.
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God bless the NHS!
Long live the NHS!
I love the NHS!!
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what do you mean GPs are reluctant to treat people all the gps/doctors i shadowed were amazing and always tried their best for their patients the only time patients would get annoyed with the GP is when they didnt understand why the GP was withholding treatments eg a mum who complained when 1 gp didnt give her son antibiotics when he didnt need them. and any shortcomings of your GPs is not an indicator of a system as a whole. also the whole waiting list fiasco has been tackled by the NHS and although in some cases it is quite bad it ino where near as bad now as the media make it out to be.
They couldn't be bothered to treat me after a nervous breakdown and 7 suicide attempts in 2007. They basically chucked me off the system when I said I was at the lowest of the low and really needed help. Basically got left on my own to sort myself out.
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They couldn't be bothered to treat me after a nervous breakdown and 7 suicide attempts in 2007. They basically chucked me off the system when I said I was at the lowest of the low and really needed help. Basically got left on my own to sort myself out.
Are they even allowed to chuck you off the list?
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I think it interferes with natural selection. We really need predators like moutain lions and wolves to be reintroduceed into towns across the country. We would save the nhs money because their would be fewer people requiring it's treatment
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**** off to Bupa then.
Its not as easy as you say it. I'm guessing you havn't read their policies. Jeez
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It keeps people waiting for months after months after months after month after months after month after months after month after months........:blah: The GPs are mostly too reluctant to treat patients (well the ones I know anyway!)

Edit: Fine its not that bad....but it still needs big time improvement...I cant say that I have been happy with their service though. Depends on each indivitual and how they've been treated.
No, it's generally an amazing service.

My mum died of cancer over a long period, but wanted to stay at home. For the last 3 months of her life, we had nurses visit every day, twice a day, and would come additionally whenever we needed them. They even provided special equipment so she didn't need to spend her last days in hospital.

So - thank goodness for the NHS.
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(Original post by StarShine*)
It keeps people waiting for months after months after months after month after months after month after months after month after months........:blah: The GPs are mostly too reluctant to treat patients (well the ones I know anyway!)

Edit: Fine its not that bad....but it still needs big time improvement...I cant say that I have been happy with their service though. Depends on each indivitual and how they've been treated.
Fine, go private and pay through the nose...

It's a system where the rich don't trample the poor, where everyone gets free healthcare. It's a system that should be the target in all countries.
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Please go to America and break a leg. And then come back and tell us your thoughts of the NHS.
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Are they even allowed to chuck you off the list?
Beats me. Didn't even know I had been til I phoned the place I'd been given an assessment at and that's all they said really, that I'd been taken off. I don't think they saw 7 suicde attempts and a nervous breakdown as bad enough for help. I'd like to know what their definition of being bad enough is to actually get proper treatment.
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No, it's generally an amazing service.

My mum died of cancer over a long period, but wanted to stay at home. For the last 3 months of her life, we had nurses visit every day, twice a day, and would come additionally whenever we needed them. They even provided special equipment so she didn't need to spend her last days in hospital.

So - thank goodness for the NHS.
Aww sorry to hear about your Mum.
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They couldn't be bothered to treat me after a nervous breakdown and 7 suicide attempts in 2007. They basically chucked me off the system when I said I was at the lowest of the low and really needed help. Basically got left on my own to sort myself out.
They did the same with me pretty much.

As for referrals - twice I've waited less than 5 weeks to get one. Yes, it meant travelling and not going to the specialist hospital I was hoping to go to.

I have a zfriend who is now permantely disabled because of the NHS - she was on lithium longer than she should've been. She is now doubly incontinent and has major joint issues. Oh, and then they told she has something else wrong with her.
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Yeah waiting times can be long but would you seriously prefer a situation where you had to pay for quicker treatment to the detriment of the less well off in society? The NHS provides some of the best and most advanced care in the world and is free at the point of use.
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You've just got to be more demanding.

When I needed an operation they said they wouldn't even allow it under the NHS! So I went to a consultant in a different county, only about 30 minutes away, and they booked my operation in under 3 months.
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The NHS is by no means perfect, but I think we have to accept mistakes will be made. The system is so big and people make mistakes. In an ideal world we shouldn't have to settle for anything less then a first class service, but we don't live in a perfect world.

That's not to say the NHS is running as it's best current I work in the NHS as a student and some of the decisions made by management are just crazy :eek3:
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They did the same with me pretty much.

As for referrals - twice I've waited less than 5 weeks to get one. Yes, it meant travelling and not going to the specialist hospital I was hoping to go to.

I have a zfriend who is now permantely disabled because of the NHS - she was on lithium longer than she should've been. She is now doubly incontinent and has major joint issues. Oh, and then they told she has something else wrong with her.
What I find funny is that they continued to send me surveys and stuff from the mental health department about their services for at least another year.

That's terrible!
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You've just got to be more demanding.

When I needed an operation they said they wouldn't even allow it under the NHS! So I went to a consultant in a different county, only about 30 minutes away, and they booked my operation in under 3 months.
Was at the doctors nearly every week from Feb-August 2007 when I had severe depression and kept telling them I needed help. Didn't do a thing.
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Indeed, and you can't always blame long waiting lists on the NHS's ineffiency. It's not their fault if people don't donate organs and etc and you have to wait a long time to recieve one.

Saying that my stepmother was in a fairly senior(ish) position of the NHS, and her working day seemed to consist of gossiping about Eastenders over a cup of tea and a hobnob with 'the girls'.
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