Too posh to wash

You may think the US health system is a socialized mess, but just try using the UK state monopoly National Health Service. Well, no, don't. I wouldn't wish the UK's health service on even my fondest enemy. The phrase producer-led was almost invented for this parasitic body, the NHS, which now employs well over a million people. Admittedly some of these staff provide some service, some of the time, but most of them are just clock-watching bureaucratic deadbeats.

For many years, this enormous raft of state planners were kept afloat by the relative angels working within the nursing and medical professions. However, the UK state nursing profession, in particular, has become far more politicized and far less angelic, since the inception of the NHS in the late 1940s. It has got so bad, that deadly MRSA infections now sweep around UK's government-run hospitals, with bacteriological impunity, because trembling NHS planners hide under their desks terrified of telling militant nurses to wash their hands between patient treatments.

But fear ye not. The UK government has come out with some anti-MRSA targets, and I do believe they're going to achieve them! Why? Because from now on you'll avoid catching deadly MRSA infections from the unwashed hands of UK nurses, because UK nurses are now refusing to soil their hands with the menial task of cleaning their patients. This is in a well-intentioned bid to concentrate on the patient's emotional state, instead.

Rather than catching MRSA skin lesions from unwashed hands, your skin will now rot from good old-fashioned bedsores and natural abscesses, caused by your own God-given skin bacteria fed by your own revolting bodily excretions.

It's your own fault. So stop complaining. It's just nature's way of telling you to stop wasting government money by taking up a valuable place in an NHS hospital bed. And remember, it's your emotional state that really matters anyway, not your puny physical state.

May the Lord God, himself, in heaven above, bless the NHS and all those who refuse to wash in her. Check out this Daily Telegraph article for more information.

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Andy, Last time I checked

Last time I checked the CDC stats, MRSA was still sweeping our own hospitals with admissions for MRSA-related infections at a rate of about 100,000 patients per year.

Any patient care giver who does not wash hands after patient care isn't 'militant', I don't think, just stupid and reckless.

Hi Michi, Living in England

Hi Michi,

Living in England I never profess to having an intimate knowledge of the American health system, most of which I've personally gleaned from MASH, ER, Frasier, and the Catallarchy work of our very own Jonathan Wilde. So I've stuck to what I know, which in this case is the NHS, where I once worked myself, as a medical student, for several years.

You may wish to read the article below, detailing the MRSA infection problems in the UK's NHS, which are currently 15 times worse than in many other European countries:

=> The truth about NHS hospitals: hygiene

This article details the UK government's typically feeble response to the MRSA problem, which in essence boils down to spending even more money on even more nursing managers, who, despite their large anti-MRSA salaries, still remain afraid of ordering nurses to wash their hands, even those who go from patient to patient right in front of their eyes, without washing their hands.

Read it. It's simply unbelievable.

I also feel that it's not the nurses being reckless and stupid, which is the heart of this particular problem; most of them are intelligent and are doing the best job they know how to. It's the reckless, emotive, and ultimately stupid monopoly tax-funded state provision of health care which is the problem, which sloppily fails to educate or train its nurses properly, and which also fails to clean its hospitals properly thereby giving all the medical staff plenty of dirt to ship around, both on their hands, and on their equipment.

BTW, my apologies for the 'boils' pun. Some days I just can't help myself! :-)


Andy, ER? LOL! I still

ER? LOL! I still love that show, but honest -- there isn't a whole lot of reality in there.

I read your link, and it sounds as if there are multiple problems there. The main one being the system itself, as you point out.

I still don't understand the nurses not washing, although we've had our own problems with cleanliness in this country, too -- and the UK is not the only country where the nursing education is lacking. I owe a lot of my skills to some very fine medical professionals that I have been fortunate enough to work with over the years.

MRSA is going to be a plague for everyone until a cure is found, or at the least quicker means of diagnosis -- and of course, sterility and cleanliness are vital.