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The NHS, eh? All with the NHS? - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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The NHS, eh? All with the NHS?

Why?  Did they feel they weren’t doing enough damage as was?

 

Well, at least we know why the London car-bombs failed to detonate and the Glaswegian Jeep was a damp squib.  There was a waiting list, the doctors were late, and the remote control … well, typical, really, of medicos to ignore being paged.

 

I can hardly wait for the jokes:

 

What do you call surveillance on NHS jihadis?

Superbug!

 

(It yet annoys me that the murderous sods included Houston in their base of operations.  See?  This is what happens when a devolved Scotland funds its NHS fully – in part with English revenue: doctors follow the dosh.)

 

I doubt me but it will be a lang, drear Simmer in the Kinrick o’ Alba.

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shezan From: shezan Date: July 3rd, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is what happens when a devolved Scotland funds its NHS fully – in part with English revenue: doctors follow the dosh.

Priceless.
serriadh From: serriadh Date: July 3rd, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If the situation weren't so awful, it would be rather fun watching the right-on Guardianista types squirming as they try to square their view of Islamofascist terrorists (not that they'd call them that) as radicalised 'underclass' (not that they'd use that word) Muslims, incensed by Iraq, with their view of NHS doctors as the glue that holds our fabric together, etc. cruelly betrayed by the fake socialists in Noo Labour or (depending on the day of the week) as grasping middle-class professionals, screwing the system for as much money as they can get, but still recognisable as 'our sort' of people.
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: July 3rd, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
To be fair, the TImes also seemed failry disturbed by it all (to the point of pointing out that this sort of thing is against the hippocratic oath). It's like the Shipman case - people seem to find Doctors going bad more frightening than anything else. Possibly it's because we're accustomed to allow doctors the power of life and death in other contexts, and ones where we're vulnerable, that we don't like to think of them as moved by privat passions, whether for good or ill.

Though I think that the very fact that they are accustomed to holding people's lives in their hands would make doctors rather well qualified for careers as terrorists (not that this lot made a very good fist of it, thank God).
serriadh From: serriadh Date: July 3rd, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I saw that in today's Times (with the pretty little box with the relevant quotation from the Oath).

What I found most horrifying about the Shipman case was how succeful he was - how long it took before he was found out - but there is something undeniably wrong about doctors who go bad. Perhaps because my mother's an orthodontist and consquently I've been around medical consultants and surgeons for much of my life, I find it hard to think of them as impersonal professionals. Which is perhaps why I avoid going to one wherever possible.

There's that joke about the difference between God and doctors: that God doesn't think he's a doctor...
themolesmother From: themolesmother Date: July 3rd, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
grasping middle-class professionals, screwing the system for as much money as they can get ...

One of the things that disturbs me, as a displaced Brit, about living here in France is the bit at the end of the consultation when the doctor says, "that'll be 28 euros, please." You tend to find yourself thinking about them in the same way you think of the plumber or the electrician. Probably a good thing. We Brits are far too in awe of doctors.

MM
tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: July 3rd, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's why physicians used to be looked down on a bit. They were in *trade*.
woman_ironing From: woman_ironing Date: July 5th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the doctor thing is a red-herring. The real worry is that they're all 26 or 27 years old. Hardly anyone seems to have noticed this. I think we may need to be concerned about the radicalisation of Mercedes owners too.
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