NHS leaves British women in pain

From Genesis 3:16 (after the expulsion from Eden):

To the woman He [God] said,
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.

I’m feeling Biblical after having read a story about another one of the “miracles” of universal healthcare, as in effect in Britain:

Hundreds of women are being forced to give birth without proper pain relief because of staff shortages at an NHS hospital.

Mothers-to-be are being denied epidurals – which numb the body from the waist down  – because of a lack of anaesthetists.


The failure flouts guidance from four Royal Colleges, including the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians, that women should have access to an epidural within 30 minutes of requesting one.

It adds to mounting concern about the quality of NHS maternity care, with midwives in some hospitals expected to attend to three women in labour at the same time due to staff shortages.

I like epidurals.  Epidurals are good things.  I know there are some women who want to have the full experience of childbirth, but have two long, long labors, one mostly without an epidural, and one entirely with an epidural, I know what my preference is.  Those poor women.  But what can you expect in a medical environment that doesn’t adequately reward people to go through the long, hard slog of becoming a doctor?

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  1. Ruth H says

    This didn’t just start this year. My niece gave birth in Scotland 7 years ago and was denied an epidural for that reason for over 12 hours, after that they had to give one so they could do the c-section.

  2. Ymarsakar says

    Hey, Tony Blair and the MPs can get it when their wives need it. SO what is the Big Fat Stinking problem, Book? It is the duty of the underclass and the poor to serve their rightful rulers. How can it be any other way?

  3. Ymarsakar says

    As is the same with communism, if I am of the party elite and I suffer, that is evil, if you are part of the system making it work and you suffer, that is dutiful sacrifice in the name of the greater good, patriotism, and honorable.

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