Monday, 19 February 2007

Madness

Tony Blair has today announced that hospitals could shorten waiting lists by offering 24 hour a day operating.

There is overwhelming evidence that having an operation done at night, when the surgeon, anaesthetist and the rest of the team, are potentially tired, is far more dangerous than having the same operation done in the daytime. Would you, for example, let your child have its tonsils removed at 3 a.m ; I know I wouldn't, it would be madness.

Running the NHS effectively is a complex business; it isn't made easier by politicians spouting nonsense.

1 comment:

john scott said...

All day operating. They cannot manage it from 9am to 5pm let alone extended hours.