Friday, 14 August 2009

#welovethenhs - Deamonte Driver's story

Since the #welovethenhs fightback started I've been meaning to dig out this horrendous story from the US a couple of years ago, about a 12 year old homeless child who died from a simple abcess on his tooth because his mother's Medicaid had run out.

I remember it particularly because around the same time a well-known Labour councillor in the South West had a son who ended up fighting for his life in similar circumstances; I can't remember the details but I think it was an abcess where the infection had spread, maybe to his brain? He was saved by the NHS.

1 comment:

The Boiling Frog said...

Thought you might be interested in this blog, Kerry; the experiences of an American using the NHS.

She raises a lot of points that only an outsider can highlight effectively, the things we Brits take for granted but can't see (wood for trees etc)

She concludes:

"given a choice between the two systems, I’d choose the NHS in a heartbeat."