Thomas Rowlandson: The Apothecary’s Prayer!! An 18th century apothecary prays for an outbreak of a host of diseases so that he and the undertaker can make money.
Physicians valued fame and wealth
Above the drooping patient’s health.
-Bernard Mandeville, 18th century doctor, on his profession’s medical ethics.
You tell your doctor, that y’are ill
and what does he, but write a bill.
– Matthew Prior, 18th century.
I’ve blogged several times about the poor standards of care in private hospitals, including the recent withdrawal of Circle Health from managing their NHS hospitals and the extremely poor care given to patients there. Private Eye in their issue for 19th October – 1st November 2012 printed this story about one woman’s experience of her appalling treatment at a private hospital in London.
Don’t expect too much joy complaining about sub-standard care at the major private hospitals run in…
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