NHS bans woman from surgery because her carbon footprint is too big

ECM sent me this disturbing article from the UK Telegraph.


Avril Mulcahy, 83, was told to address the “green travelling issues” over her journeys from her home in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, to the West Road Surgery. The surgery wrote to Mrs Mulcahy, telling her to register with a new GP within 28 days.

The letter said: “Our greatest concern is for your health and convenience but also taking into consideration green travelling issues. Re: Carbon footprints and winter weather conditions, we feel it would be advisable for patients to register at surgeries nearer to where they live.

“We would be very grateful if you could make the necessary arrangements to re-register at another practice.”

Mrs Mulcahy, a grandmother, believes the decision was made because she complained about a doctor.

[…]Mrs Mulcahy said she was anxious and worried at having to try to find a new GP. “If they really cared, they could have found me a new practice instead of just basically saying do it yourself,” she said.

“It is a great worry to me as I am elderly and need to get repeat prescriptions for medication. This is really a stress I could do without. I won’t let it rest though, because I feel like I am being treated poorly.”

The West Road Surgery declined to comment.

This is the problem with socialized medicine. You pay your money up front and then later on the government decides how much treatment you get. They have no reason to be nice to you – you already paid them. They don’t get paid more or less based on the quality of care they give you. You can’t get a refund on taxes paid. And where else can you go? It’s a single payer system.

12 thoughts on “NHS bans woman from surgery because her carbon footprint is too big”

  1. If the issue, as the article suggests, is retribution for the complaint against one of the doctors then there is no reason why this wouldn’t occur in the private sector. The ‘green footprint’ is a red herring, merely the excuse for getting rid of an wanted patient.

    I can see no reason why patients shouldn’t be expected to register with the nearest surgery, if she required a home visit why should I or anyone else pay for the doctor to waste unnecessary time travelling.

    The likelihood is that without the brilliant NHS, she wouldn’t even be able to afford to see a doctor … which is the miserable situation that 50 million or so Americans find themselves in.


  2. Having been brought up in the UK, we have always changed our surgery ourselves. Best way, ask the neighbours where their GP is and what he/she is like. The NHS is going down the tube because the people expect to have everything done for them.


  3. Another thing I forgot to add, you can always go private if you want to. As you are American and have not had experience of the system don’t knock it. If we get taken to hospital we don’t have people making sure we can pay if we need treatment. it’s not the system that’s wrong, most times it’s the people who use it.


    1. I know that the NHS is two-tier, but working professionals have to pay approximately 40% income tax and 20% VAT, as well as other taxes, regardless of where they get treated. You can’t opt out of paying for the government-run component, just like you can’t opt out of paying for the public schools, even if you want homeschooling or Christian private schools.


      1. I and my children attended a Catholic School, mostly funded by the government. Payments for the NHS must have shot up in the last few years as I never paid that much and definately didn’t pay VAT on my contributions, which were taken out of my wages. If you’re out of work, you don’t pay. It also isn’t compartmentalised into paying for abortion, birth control, this that or the other. It covers all. Most private patients start out as NHS, but often go private because they want to go to a private hospital.

        I paid into the system all my life, when any of us were ill, for whatever reason they went first to their family doctor, if nothing serious, or to the A & E Department. If you go to your family doctor and he decides there is something more than a common cold, he referred you to the hospital.

        Please don’t compare the NHS to what Obama is trying to bring in, there is no comparison.

        I also worked in the NHS from age 18 until age 54, first as a nurse (qualified), then when my health took a nose dive as a secretary.

        I know of a man living on the street who had gangarene. He was taken to the hospital by a local priest (in San Fancisco) and the doctor refused to treat him. A doctor friend of mine went to work in America, but only lasted 18 months as he kept getting sacked for treating patients who couldn’t pay. He got a cheque four years later from one of the people he treated, as the man had tracked him down. He was now working and didn’t see why he should give the money to the doctors who refused to treat him. You may not have this under Obamacare, but the NHS is still better than what is being planned.


        1. The average professional taxpayer in the UK will pay about 40% of their income in income tax, and 20% VAT consumption tax on whatever they buy in stores. That money is payed to the government, and the government uses that money to distribute health care. It’s possible for a person to work their entire lives and pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to the government only to be told, when they are old and sick, to get in line behind people who have never worked a day in their lives, like the Muslim imams who spend decades on benefit payments.

          I am very aware of what goes on in the NHS. On the one hand you have people in jail getting sex changes, teenage girls getting breast enlargements, aging feminist academics getting free IVF treatments to become single mothers by choice, etc. On the other hand, you have women giving birth on the sidewalks, cancer patients sitting on waiting lists for months until their cancer becomes inoperable, and hospitals turning soiled sheets over for the next patient instead of washing them. This is what happens when health care is not paid out of pocket – the provider has no incentive to care about patients.


  4. Everyone pays VAT. N.I. contributions pay for the NHS not income tax which is wasted on such things as overseas aid, nuclear weapons … and bailing out the banks.

    The issue with not being able to opt out is an issue relating to how you wish society and your country to be. I’d much rather the general public were better educated as it would benefit me more – as even you have pointed out – the better educated the more money you make the more taxes you pay.

    As for schools … In the UK the Catholic, CofE and Muslim schools are de facto private schools, in the sense that they have control over admissions, and have their own powers of accessing monies.

    My children are unable to attend Catholic schools, as they fail to meet the criteria – mainly through not being catholic. Yet my taxes go towards the funding of that school. The same can be said of a number of CofE (though not all) and I wouldn’t even want my children to go to a Muslim school.

    Without such state funding the majority, if not all, religious schools would be unable to meet running costs and would be forced to close.

    Even schools such as Rugby, Eton, etc are registered charities, and get tax breaks.


  5. As a medical student myself, I couldn’t agree more.

    Probably the biggest complaint about healthcare in the U.S. is that doctors/hospitals try TOO HARD to save people, and sometimes get over-zealous when treating the terminally ill.

    Contrast this with countries like Canada, Britain, and New Zealand, where the system is designed to basically find an excuse to let the patient die.

    I think I know which system *I* would rather live under.


    1. I am rather surprised by the comment that the healthcare system of Britain is designed to find an excuse to let the patient die. Where do you get that information from? I had a serious heart problem last year, and the NHS treated it – otherwise I would probably be dead now. The system was not out to kill me, but to treat me. I have not had to pay a penny for the procedure to insert two stents in a major coronary artery. The NHS is not perfect, and no one can deny that there are abuses and problems – sometimes serious. But it is simply not fair to focus on the abuses as a justification to condemn the entire system, that works most of the time for most people. I certainly would hate for my health to be at the mercy of insurance companies, who, of course, only have one concern: profit.


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