Thursday, 22 March 2007

A horror story

The present meltdown in the NHS pales into insignificance by comparison with events in Iraq

There is a graphic account on the BBC website of the breakdown in medical care there:

For the people of Iraq, it may be the ultimate nightmare.

Doctors treat bomb victim in Sadr City hospital, Baghdad - file photo
Iraq's remaining doctors face a lack of basic medical equipment
The ordeal continues for victims of Iraq's violence when they are taken to hospital.

Most of the best medical staff have left after being targeted by insurgents. Many have fled the country just in the last few months.

Drugs and equipment are almost non-existent. The notorious militias target patients inside hospitals, and doctors inside the health ministry.

All this in a country that used to pride itself on the best medical services in the Middle East.

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