So, what does it say about Nationalized health care when it chooses to spend taxpayer money to help its own employees receive treatment at private facilities?
THE National Health Service has spent £1.5m paying for hundreds of its staff to have private health treatment so they can leapfrog their own waiting lists.
More than 3,000 staff, including doctors and nurses, have gone private at the taxpayers’ expense in the past three years because the queues at the clinics and hospitals where they work are too long.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information act show that NHS administrative staff, paramedics and ambulance drivers have also been given free private healthcare. This has covered physiotherapy, osteopathy, psychiatric care and counselling — all widely available on the NHS.
So, if you have an “in” with the NHS, you can leapfrog the waiting lists and get private health care sooner. If you’re just some poor schmoe on the street – well, too bad – you have to wait in line until your turn comes – or until you die. Whichever comes first. Dying is, of course, preferable, since it helps the queue move along faster AND saves valuable NHS dollars – dollars that can then be used to help NHS staff get free health care at private clinics.