Choose your Doctor carefully
PATIENTS who are forced to wait longer than doctors would advise for NHS treatment can travel abroad for care and reclaim the cost after a landmark court ruling.
The European Court of Justice said yesterday that the NHS must refund the cost of foreign care if patients endure "undue delays" for surgery in Britain
Leaving aside how the envy of the world and "quite superb" NHS with is zillions of punds of taxpayer's money and quadrillions of staff can be out performed by a shoulder-shrugging Gaulouis-smoking beret-wearing onion seller working out of the back of a Cafe the important lesson to be learnt is to get your doctor on your side. When "Despite having arthritis and being in constant pain, (you are) told that (you) would have to wait for a year for a “routine” operation at (your) local hospital in Bedford." go back to you GP and get a "Clinical Opinion" that this is unreasonable - what inducements you choose is up to you, he might actually do it because he is a decent chap - and then book yourself a flight to somewhere warm and the beds are available.