More than 1,500 heart attack victims are dying needlessly every year in Britain due to substandard care and delays in treatment, a study in the Lancet has found.
The research found that a failure to ensure patients in this country receive quick treatment and good aftercare has cost at least 11,000 lives in the last seven years, with death rates one third higher than elsewhere.
No, this isn’t about cuts, privatisation, marketisation or anything else.
It’s just that the NHS simply isn’t very good at health care.
Which is a pity in a health care system really.
In detail, it’s about Sweden adopting the new methods of treating heart attack patients faster than the NHS. And isn’t that a surprise? A country where the health care system is decentralised (the Swedish one is run by the counties), a country where they quite happily buy in services on the government cash from private providers, is more efficient at adopting new technologies than a vast and national bureaucracy.
Just amazing, isn’t it?