UK Health Care Goes Full “Loretta” by Pat Conrad

If a politician or other ostentatious do-gooder wants to make a point, it is pretty convenient and routine to get a bunch of doctors to show up in their cute little white coats with their fun little stethoscopes hanging around their necks for a photo op to support …whatever.

This isn’t a political site, and I’m not talking about politics. But would you like to prevent nuclear war?  These numbskulls can help.  Are you upset at the rising sea levels and the dead polar bears, and all the unfairness that climate change brings to the Third World?  Get in touch with these fools.  Doofus doctors are even weighing in on the topic du jour.  Having allowed medicine to become the vehicle to push every fashionable topic has left doctors with the sort of credibility one associates with an Oscars acceptance speech. 

So how do doctors advocate on actual medical topics?  Well in the U.K., they are now gender bending their medical advice to take care of patients’ emotions, at the expense of their bodies.  “A 24-page booklet published by Public Health England called ‘Information for trans people'” clears it up:  “men” born female will not get routine breast exams at 50, but “women” born male will be offered pap smears for the cervixes they don’t have (but should have had, dammit!). 

Men who have since decided they are women will also not get the routine abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings that the other blokes in the pub get at age 65.  Invitations for routine screenings are sent based on the patient’s “registered” (or should I say, “imagined”) sex.

It’s an easy prediction that this stupidity is headed our way.  Doctors who are increasingly in thrall to the government – meaning mob whim – are going to get people killed to avoid offending them.

(and if you don’t get the reference, it’s from “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”

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  4 comments for “UK Health Care Goes Full “Loretta” by Pat Conrad

  1. Frank Iannetta
    January 23, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I’m not trying to defend PHE (I’m an American) but let’s put some of the blame on the patients themselves. They are registering as their desired sex. The computers being used to send out screening notices are only looking at the patient’s age and sex as listed. Maybe the system needs to be changed so you can checklist the parts you have, and get screenings based on structure.

    Also, I assume that when they are sitting in the pub with your respective friends having a pint, someone is going to complain about how cold the mammogram room was, or that they have to go to the clinic for their prostate exam. I would like to hope (I know, crazy) that the transgender person might possibly think “hey, I still have those parts-maybe I need to get them checked out?”

    Yes, people are going to die because of these stupid systems. But, sometimes, that is the only way the system can change.

  2. PW
    January 20, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Offensive lives matter

  3. Steve O'
    January 19, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I’d like to express my 50-year retroactive offence at the Beatles’ transphobic lyrics as cited above. I believe medicine should take a stand against offencive intrusions of reality into matters not really the business of healthcare. Let’s outlaw illness and be done with it!
    (PS: Offencive is spelled (spelt) wrong (British) so as not to offend our mates on the other side of the pond by seeming dialect-chauvinistic.)

  4. January 19, 2019 at 9:49 am


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