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US medical scrutiny vs. NHS scrutiny

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Am I alone in feeling a little uneasy about the verdict handed down to Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s former doctor, who has been found guilty by a US court of involuntary manslaughter: effectively Murray was negligent to the extent his patient died. 

However, to have the judge say Conrad Murray is a danger to the public is laughable. There are actually doctors being allowed to practice today in the NHS who are far more dangerous.
Michael Jackson was a drug addict and was also a very wealthy man despite having no common sense when it came to money (one of his many childlike behaviours). People are seduced by money and Conrad Murray was no different: his fault was he shouldn’t have listened to the crazy demands of his patient, despite how much money he was being paid. Dr Murray should have refused to administer the drug propofol, so powerful it should not be used outside of a hospital. And Murray, rightly, has paid a high price for that. But Jackson’s behaviours and actions are as much if not more to blame for why he died. 
Now, why am I mentioning this on a political blog. Well, the scrutiny placed on medical professionals in the United States, such as Dr Murray, is something we need more of in this country. The NHS is such a bastion of Socialism it has become almost heresy to criticise its “wonderful doctors and nurses”. But as discussed before on this blog here and here, there are devils operating in the NHS never mind angels. 
One locum doctor the NHS brought over from Germany firstly couldn’t speak English and then he proceeded to kill his patient with an overdose of morphine. What action was taken against him in Britain for his negligence: zero, zilch, nothing. He carries on practising back in Germany.
Another surgeon who killed or seriously injured patients on the operating table is back at work in St Thomas’s Hospital, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Now if this was the US, this guy would have been looking at 20 to life. But not in our “wonderful” NHS.
And today we hear Ipswich Hospital is in the top 12 in the country with the most complaints by patients.  Freedom of Information requests made by the Daily Mail found the complaints made across multiple UK hospitals included a nurse who laughed at a patient calling out in pain, a patient who was told to ‘shut up’ by night staff and a doctor who was on the phone during a consultation.  
No doubt many more would complain if they weren’t scared of being singled out for special treatment…
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Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

One thought on “US medical scrutiny vs. NHS scrutiny

  1. Stafford Hospital, with its scandalous rate of deaths, still has a consultant in A&E who is only allowed to treat patients under supervision; the GMC recommended he be struck off but he is allowed to continue practising because Stafford only has 3 consultants when it is supposed to have 6. So because it is incapable of attracting staff, a doctor who the GMC doesn't believe should be anywhere near patients is still able to work. That would NOT happen in the US.Of course the crime which Conrad Murray was convicted of (Gross Negligence Manslaughter as opposed to being black in an LA court) is available to prosecutors in the UK. It isn't used regularly because it is very difficult to reach the burden of proof in the English courts, as well as the culture of no blame within the NHS. To get a prosecution the Crown would have to get a doctor to give evidence against another doctor. All too often they close ranks and protect their own.

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