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Bean-counters killing NHS
4:14pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Postbag
IN reference to the proposal to close the vascular surgery unit at Salisbury District Hospital (Journal, February 7).
Luckily from my own personal experience the unit was available in April 2008. Having been rushed to the hospital by ambulance at approximately 8am on a Sunday morning, the consultant surgeon Mr Ronabaldo and his team carried out an emergency operation to replace a ruptured aorta.
The timing of this procedure was vital, as we were informed afterwards that I had been within 30 minutes of losing my life.
Should this unit not have been available my life would have ended in an ambulance while making the journey to Bournemouth or elsewhere.
It would appear that the persons who want to remove this most needed facility from Salisbury have no concern for patients whatsoever, and their only thoughts are for reducing costs.
Many decades ago, Dr Beeching managed to destroy the railway system throughout the country. We are now all paying for his stupidity.
The same type of people, known as beancounters, are now trying to destroy our National Health Service.
GEORGE ENGLISH, Salisbury