Are Olympic officials being offered NHS "fast-track" treatment?

 Posted by Get Into Medicine on Monday, May 28, 2012

Concerns have been raised by Consultants at a London hospital that the delegation of officials accompanying the Olympic games to London this summer, will receive faster treatment with shorter waiting times at the University College Hospital. 

NHS London has denied this, explaining that it was simply a proposed agreement between the hospital and the Olympic organisers, but was not taken any further and is simply unfounded.

 Liberal Democrat Olympics spokesperson Baroness Doocey has been highly critical of any such proposed agreement between NHS hospitals and the Olympic committee. She said, "It should not be one rule for the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the Olympic VIPs and another rule for the taxpayers who are actually paying for the NHS".

The NHS was built upon ideas of equality between patients, and has had a service which, since the triage system was introduced, has focussed on treating the patients with most serious illness first. This is especially the case in A and E (now renamed ED for Emergency Department) where patients with less life-threatening conditions can wait up to six hours and more for treatment.

As potential applicant to medical school you should think about:

  •   Most people do not want a "two-tier" NHS - what does this mean?

  •   Why is it important that patients are treated equally?
  •   Can the NHS be maintained in it's current form or is private healthcare an inevitability in the UK?

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