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Telling harsh truths about the
NHS is a bitter but necessary pill

Telegraph [UK], by Fraser Nelson

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/12/2013 10:39:33 PM

When my immigrant wife first came to Britain, it took her ages to understand our GP system. If I fell ill, I had to wait days to see the doctor. But if she felt sick, the same doctor would see her that afternoon as she was categorised as a private patient (and paid a modest £50 for the privilege). As far as she could work out, it was a Russian-style system of bribery: the official system doesn’t work, but you can bypass it with a few backhanders. Yesterday, we were shown a little more about Britain’s GP network. The Care Quality Commission looked into 920 practices and found almost a third failing to meet basic standards.

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. . . it was a Russian-style system of bribery: the official system doesn’t work, but you can bypass it with a few backhanders.

And is this not what we have been predicting for Obamacare? Except, of course, the cost for private care will be quite a bit higher.

      


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Telling harsh truths about the
NHS is a bitter but necessary pill
Telegraph [UK], by Fraser Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 10:39:33 PM     Post Reply
When my immigrant wife first came to Britain, it took her ages to understand our GP system. If I fell ill, I had to wait days to see the doctor. But if she felt sick, the same doctor would see her that afternoon as she was categorised as a private patient (and paid a modest £50 for the privilege). As far as she could work out, it was a Russian-style system of bribery: the official system doesn’t work, but you can bypass it with a few backhanders. Yesterday, we were shown a little more about Britain’s GP network. The Care Quality Commission looked into 920 practices and found almost a third failing to meet basic standards.

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This is a mafia state
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/12/2013 10:30:24 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes life in the West seems hard. The trains don´t run on time, the rent is too damn high and One Direction are everywhere. Then a story comes comes out of North Korea that makes you think, "Holy crap, I´m glad I don´t live there…" North Korea has just executed Kim Jong-un´s uncle on the grounds that he is "despicable human scum". The full verdict is: Despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.

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Check out the pictures below. Did an irate Michelle make misbehaving Barry switch seats at Mandela´s funeral?

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