The American Association for Justice really cares about “justice” and not about money …
The United States is debt free …
Vice President Biden was a second runner up in the Miss World pageant …
The World Health Organization is responsible for creating drug resistant bacteria and ebola virus in order to effectuate population control …
Let’s think … what other cockamamie stories can we come up with?
According to Donaldson, “If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country… your chances of being subjected to an error in your care would be something like 1 in 10. Your chances of dying due to an error in health care would be 1 in 300.”
This guy was formerly England’s Chief Medical Officer for twelve years. England’s own parliament put out a report of England’s Health Committee in 2009 – while Donaldson was the CMO - showing that “around 3,500″ medical errors in the NHS each year involve the death of the patient.
Between 2009 and 2010, there were 14.5 million hospital admissions in England (.pdf file) – at least according to the NHS’s “Hospital Episode Statistics” online. With one in 300 dying from an “error in health care” (according to Dr. Donaldson), then a total of roughly 48,300 patients in England would have died at the hands of us careless, lackadaisical, downright dangerous medical providers.
Same calendar year, but there is a big discrepancy between 3,500 patient deaths cited in the House of Commons report and 48,300 deaths cited by Professor Sir Liam Donaldson.
That discrepancy leaves me with three possible explanations.
First possibility: Those who created the statistics used in the Sixth Report of the Health Committee for the House of Commons were a bunch of incompetents and should all be beheaded. Remember, the report was created during Sir Liam Donaldson’s tenure as England’s Chief Medical Officer, so he is not without blame if this scenario holds true.
Second possibility: There was a MI5 cover up of nearly 45,000 deaths due to medical errors in England in 2009. Someone call Scotland Yard … and Geraldo Rivera.
Third possibility: Sir Liam Donaldson is blowing bubbles out his bum when citing statistics on behalf of the World Health Organization.
I keep wondering whether or not the WHO will pull a John Kyl and come out with a press release stating that “this was not intended to be a factual statement.”
How about it, Dr. Donaldson? Care to cite the source for your statistics? Care to explain why your statistics are so different from those cited by your own country when you were the Chief Medical Officer?
Spreading misinformation about medical errors does no one any good – except those who would profit from alleged unsafe environments, such as trial lawyers who make money based on a jury’s impression of careless medical care and government agencies who are able to deny payments to or impose fines on healthcare providers due to an alleged lack of safety.
Where is an “Envoy for Fact Checking” when you need one?