The Daily Telegraph
Lesson for the NHS
SIR – A friend in a nearby village broke her leg badly last week and had to wait 15 hours in terrible pain for an ambulance. Yes, 15 hours.
At the same time, on holiday in Greece, I suffered a serious asthma attack.
I went to the local hospital and was immediately put on oxygen while still in reception, without anyone asking my name or filling in a form.
I was then transferred, by ambulance and ferry, to another hospital on the mainland, and after that to a third hospital, where a team of enthusiastic medics tested and treated me. On both ambulance journeys I was accompanied and cared for by a doctor.
All this on the magic UK Global Health Insurance card. Anyone who believes the NHS does not need root-and-branch reform (Comment, September 21) is deluded.
SIR – My husband has just received two first-class envelopes containing letters with duplicate details for an NHS appointment next Monday (Letters, September 17).
Apart from the short notice – we are both disabled – what a terrible waste, again, of NHS funds.
SIR – A minister of health once told me that he hoped that the problem of providing dental treatment under the NHS would go away.
Dr Nigel Knott