August 5, 2006


Hospital fined for treating too many patients (Celia Hall, 02/08/2006, Daily Telegraph)

An NHS hospital has been penalised for treating its patients too quickly - losing nearly £2.5 million, the cost of the care it provided outside an agreed contract.

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, which finished the year £16.7 million in the red, had been doing so well with waiting list targets that in one department patients were waiting only a week to see a consultant.

But that was too fast and too costly for East Suffolk Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), which provide the money for patient care. They had introduced a minimum wait to manage demand, requiring patients to wait at least 122 days before seeing a consultant. [...]

The report said: "The trust had spare capacity and, to ensure its resources were utilised, treated a number of patients in advance of the 122-day rule." That cost the hospital £240,000 in 2004-05 and rose ten-fold to £2.4 million in 2005-06.

Hospital staff, pleased with their ability to treat patients quickly, are exasperated. The hospital's joint unions said: "The PCTs wanted the work done; we did it and now they should pay for it."

Democrats promise to model our health care on theirs?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2006 8:47 AM

A sneak preview to Hillarycare.

Posted by: obc at August 5, 2006 9:47 AM

But it's free... well unless you pay taxes.

Posted by: lebeaux at August 5, 2006 1:16 PM

There is no reasons why a patient should see a doctor. If the patient stays put long enough, he either gets well, or gets used to his new conditions, or dies. Isn't it a very effective way to hold down healthcare costs?

Posted by: ic at August 5, 2006 1:57 PM

If the people in that country, whereever it is, are dumb enough to put up with this socialist obscenity, they deserve exactly what they are getting.

So the pigs are admitting that they intentionally rely on delay to diminish use of health care, and the people are keeping them in office? Let the idiot voters sicken and die, then.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 5, 2006 2:53 PM

If you're not fit, you don't survive. A modern definition of Darwin's law? Uh-oh, I think I'll be sorry I said that?

Posted by: erp at August 5, 2006 4:43 PM

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The problems exist because Britain isn't following the Cuban model closely enough;) Case and point-- when was the last time England was called a socialist paradise?

Posted by: mcf at August 6, 2006 12:20 AM

What do the doctors, nurses, and staff do when they get sick? Do they wait 122 days for a scan, a blood test, or a specialist? Are they forced to as a condition of employment?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 7, 2006 12:21 AM