"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Wednesday 26 January 2022
Pay to Live
have a friend who has had six heart operations: three on her valves,
one ablation and two cardioversions for irregulat heartbeat; the last
one four months ago.
A few days ago she attended her hospital for an
ECG test and was told she needed a further cardioversion and that her
condition was an ‘emergency’. This could not be carried out
immediately because the hospital were short-staffed. ‘Don’t
worry’, she was told, ‘you are not going to die’.
told her she must not leave home as she might collapse. Once home,
she felt ill and frightened. Living alone she is entirely dependent
on outside support for all her living needs. When she rang the
hospital to see if a date could be fixed for the procedure she was
told that she could have the cardioversion in a week’s time as a
private patient. The cost would be £2,500 with extra costs if they
had to keep her as an in-patient. The NHS operation would be two
weeks later and would involve the same staff and the same procedure.
She is scared and when I told her she must make sure friends and
emergency services were able to gain easy access to her home she
started crying with fear and worry. ‘I can’t even peel an orange’
were her final words to me as I left.
A strong supporter of the NHS
she has been offered money from friends and relatives if she attends
as a private patient. She asked me what I would do in the same
circumstances. I said I would start with this blog to declare my
contempt for a government that has left her with this dilemma - Your
life is safer if you can pay.