Got Glaucoma? Wait a Year.

You have to love a nationalized health system. This is in Scotland:

Patients in the Lothians waiting to be treated for the potentially blinding eye condition glaucoma are facing waits of more than a year before being seen by a consultant.

New waiting time figures, released via a Freedom of Information Request, show patients who must be seen by a specialist glaucoma consultant are facing waits of 64 weeks in NHS Lothian.

Correct me if I am wrong but glaucoma doesn’t really better with time, does it? I mean it’s not like a fine wine.

So, guess what one of their solutions is?

“We have also run training programmes to expand the skills of our nursing teams, to allow them to deliver treatments for specific groups of patients.


All I can think of is this:

Fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live…at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance – just one chance – to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they’ll never take our freedom!

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  4 comments for “Got Glaucoma? Wait a Year.

  1. arf
    February 24, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Not knowing Scottish geography, I figured the poor access reflected a remote area. Figuring the Lothians would be some far northern isles perhaps.

    As best I can tell, “The Lothians”, is metropolitan Edinburgh.

    Now I have to wonder how long it takes to get an ophthalmic consultation if you really do live in a remote northern island.

  2. arf
    February 24, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    ……….they may take our lives but they’ll never take our freedom!

    So which one of your collaboration is Stephen the Mad Irishman?

  3. Pat
    February 23, 2020 at 9:41 am

    A couple years ago, a family member developed some blurry vision for several days, and asked me for “some eye drops.” I said nooo, let’s get a proper dilated eye exam from an expert. Which resulted in the diagnosis of a vitreous humor bleed, and referral to a retinal specialist who lasered the bleed and fixed the problem with complete resolution of symptoms. Not that a NP throwing tobramycin drops on the problem “for free” wouldn’t have been satisfying, but y’know, retinal detachment and partial blindness…that stuff…

    It may be that patients will not again value physicians until enough of them are maimed, incapacitated, or blind. But by then, they will all be so used to “free”, it probably won’t matter any more.

  4. Kay Victor Adamczak
    February 23, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Let’s have nurses take control of the plane and try to land it!!!
    That’s a catastrophe being planned to happen!
    Isn’t it ironic that in a country with approximately 5.5 million citizens, it’s still difficult to get timely and appropriate care from a physician.
    And people wonder why I’m
    opposed to Medicare For All.

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