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Patients forced to live in agony after British Health Service refuses to pay for painkilling injections

Posted by iusbvision on August 3, 2009

The Labour Party in Britain is the one in power and is running their National Health Service. It is unionized and totally in bed with the Labour Party. British National health Service (NHS) in action.

The problem with nationalized health care is the same problem with the public schools, schools claim to be student focused but they are not (the test scores prove it). Usually the school employees are either government union employees and far left administrators who run the school as if its purpose is to perpetuate the union and the administration bureaucracy. If they cared about students they would love school voucher programs because of their success rate with kids, but they oppose them because it takes money away from the unions. Public health care would be about the trillion dollar bureaucracy and preserving it. It would not be patient centered at all and this is yet another example of the truth. In Britain the National Health Service employs 1.4 million people and that amounts to a direct transfer of wealth from the tax payer to the employees union who in turn gives money to the Labour Party.

London Daily Telegraph:

Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.

The Government’s drug rationing watchdog says “therapeutic” injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known.

Instead the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is ordering doctors to offer patients remedies like acupuncture and osteopathy.

Specialists fear tens of thousands of people, mainly the elderly and frail, will be left to suffer excruciating levels of pain or pay as much as £500 each for private treatment.

The NHS currently issues more than 60,000 treatments of steroid injections every year. NICE said in its guidance it wants to cut this to just 3,000 treatments a year, a move which would save the NHS £33 million.

But the British Pain Society, which represents specialists in the field, has written to NICE calling for the guidelines to be withdrawn after its members warned that they would lead to many patients having to undergo unnecessary and high-risk spinal surgery.

Dr Christopher Wells, a leading specialist in pain relief medicine and the founder of the NHS’ first specialist pain clinic, said it was “entirely unacceptable” that conventional treatments used by thousands of patients would be stopped.

“I don’t mind whether some people want to try acupuncture, or osteopathy. What concerns me is that to pay for these treatments, specialist clinics which offer vital services are going to be forced to close, leaving patients in significant pain, with nowhere to go,”.

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