Doctors - do you trust yours?
HOW MUCH DO you trust the medical profession? As someone who has had his fair share of health problems (some still ongoing) I must confess I trust them implicitly. I have had nothing but good service from doctors and nursing staff during my various relatively short stays in hospital over the past few years and my GP practice is excellent.
But one reads stories in the press and hears stories from friends about not-so-good service from medics. Botched operations, long waits for urgent treatment, certain medications refused due to what is known as the 'postcode lottery' (where you live dictates what medications you can have) and other less serious but still annoying incidents.
The 'system' doesn't help either. The UK's National Health Service is free at the point of delivery - you don't pay to see a doctor. It is paid for by general taxation. But because this is nationwide it has led to a massive and cumbersome organisation which is top-heavy with managers and is very expensive to run - and that is before any patients are treated. The system is overloaded and needs a complete overhaul and yet somehow it still functions well.
It still functions because most medical staff, both those based in hospitals and those working in the community, are dedicated and professional people. But they are only human and occasionally they do make mistakes. Most of these mistakes are trivial with no real harm done but some can have really serious consequences on patients' health.
I had major cardiac surgery eight years ago and apart from a visit from an anaesthetist I had no contact with the surgical team carrying out my operation. I knew the surgeon's name - that was it. I guess it comes down to this: how much do you trust a total stranger to perform a life-saving operation on you? In my case the surgeon was first-class and my operation went smoothly and successfully.
I have since learned that the success rate for the type of operation I had (a triple by-pass) is about 95% - and this is a major surgery on patients who are not in the best of health; surely a tribute to the NHS and the entire medical profession
If I ever need surgery again I would be quite happy for the same surgeon to perform it - I trust him completely even though I have never met him.
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