The NHS has come under fire for several years now for its huge failings in providing an adequate public health service.
The UK has higher rates of stillbirth than Poland, Croatia and Estonia, and compensation claims against the NHS for catastrophic blunders in childbirth have tripled in a decade.
The new rankings show that 74 per cent of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are providing services which are in need of improvement. [The Telegraph]
The Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman dossier found a woman in her 80s had died after she was left on a hospital floor for six hours while glaring errors left a one-day-old baby with permanent brain damage.
The ombudsman looked into 126 cases between April and June of this year, including a man who died after being sent home with internal bleeding and a pensioner suffering from gangrene who was refused admission by a hospital. [The Express]
Patients are waiting longer for scans, biopsies, pathology results and for treatment plans to be finalised. We are largely meeting the 14-day target and the target for 31 days from diagnosis to treatment. But we are largely failing to meet the 62-day target. That’s the time between someone being referred by their GP and them having their first definitive treatment. Delays are occurring mainly between a suspected cancer patient seeing a specialist and having a definite plan for their treatment drawn up. Myself and colleagues come across this all the time; people who have waited two, three or four weeks for a CT scan or biopsy.[The Guardian]
The Governments and public opinion on how to rectify this is by throwing more money at the NHS, but is the lack of funding the cause of the NHS failings?
The medical system we have today works by attempting to treat the symptoms rather than the cause. It uses ineffective treatments, many of which do more damage in the long term than good.
Given the rising incidence of diseases in our societies today, the current approach to medicine basically amounts to doing the same thing repeatedly and keeping our fingers crossed hoping for a better result. In this respect, any politician or bureaucrat who claims the only options for avoiding the bankrupting of our healthcare systems involve cutting staff, raising charges, or rationing treatments either hasn’t examined the evidence or is deliberately misleading us. [Dr Rath Institute]
Until we start looking at why people are getting sick and attempting to prevent the multitude of health issues the general population are now faced with on a daily basis the health care system here in the UK, and around the World will only worsen.
In 2013 a study was done titled ‘An Analysis of 146 Contradicted Medical Practices‘. The objective was to highlight all the ineffective medical practices that have been used and since reversed over the last decade:
Dr. Prasad spoke of the study after it was published:
“To our knowledge, this is the largest and most comprehensive study of medical reversal. The reversals we have identified by no means represent the final word for any of these practices. But, the reversals we have identified, at the very least, call these practices into question.”
“The 146 medical reversals that they have assembled are, in a sense, examples of success stories that can inspire the astute clinician and clinical investigator to challenge the status quo and realize that doing less is more,” notes Dr. Ioannidis. “If we learn from them, these seemingly disappointing results may be extremely helpful in curtailing harms to patients and cost to the health care system.”
The true extent of just how ineffective medical practices are has yet to be made public, but even the mainstream media are now publishing article which place the Cancer treatments into question:
Many modern cancer drugs are of very little benefit to patients, according to a group of leading European experts, who have devised a way to score them.
Among the drugs that do badly in a table published on Saturday revealing their efficacy is Erlotinib for pancreatic cancer, which offers just 15 extra days of life. [The Guardian]
Chemotherapy, a medical practice which is deemed the ultimate Cancer treatment within the mainstream medical system is also highly ineffective and dangerous. A study was done to determine just how effective Chemotherapy is – titled ‘The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies’ the study concluded that:
The 5-year relative survival rate for cancer patients diagnosed in Australia between 1992 and 1997 was 63.4% (95% CI, 63.1e63.6) . In this evidence-based analysis, we have estimated that the contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults is 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
These estimates of benefit should be regarded as the upper limit of effectiveness, as some eligible patients do not receive cytotoxic chemotherapy because of age, poor performance status or patient choice. Also, as noted in the text, the benefit of cytotoxic chemotherapy may have been overestimated for cancers of oesophagus, stomach, rectum and brain.
But not only is the practice ineffective, it’s dangerous, the treatment kill cancer cells however it also kills healthy cells leading to a whole host of health issues [source]:
Common side effects of chemotherapy drugs include:
Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Hair loss, Loss of appetite, Fatigue, Fever, Mouth sores, Pain, Constipation, Easy bruising
Long-lasting and late-developing side effects:
Damage to lung tissue, Heart problems, Infertility, Kidney problems, Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), Risk of a second cancer
One day society will look back on Chemotherapy in much the same way we look at Lobotomies for mental health issues and Bloodletting as a cure all treatment!