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Fat future

Posted Feb 25 2012 5:11pm
Why are we even talking about this ? The Government thinks it's a great idea and an 'innovation' to make special ambulances and resources available for drunk people. Getting specialist ambulances in for the grossly obese should be no biggie.

I've noticed the rise in larger patients among the elderly and this is quite shocking, because it indicates a generation of obesity that is about to slam into our NHS budget, causing a crisis like no other. It is already a fairly regular occurrence for crews to call in and request a bariatric vehicle for a patient they simply cannot carry, even on the newest ambulances with the wider beds. Private ambulance companies, like the one shown, are investing millions because they can see the future.... and the future is FAT.

The whole concept of spending millions of public pounds at a time when we are all being told to 'tighten our belts', is laughable and crudely paradoxical. I know that many obese patients got where they are because it is not as simple as not eating as much, but it is still due to excess that most of them are in that position. why are we paying for it? Why, in fact, are we paying to help out drunkards by giving them special vehicles and facilities too?

The bottom line is this: we haven't got the money for this nonsense. It would be cheaper to have everyone with a serious weight problem banded without fee if they reach a certain weight. Many obese people want this done because it can save their lives. However, it costs the NHS and there is a bit of moaning about that. How ironic then that we send that money (the same money that would be spent on banding) into the private sector so they can be trundled to and from hospital many times before they succumb to their disease.

I can see another future. Those binge-drinking kids that think it's so cool. A proportion of them (not all of them) will continue to drink like that and they will become alcoholics. We will see that generation filter into the NHS purse as a direct result of their ignorance within the next decade or so. Check back here in 2022 and see if I'm wrong.

Oh, and I'm not having a go at the obese; I'm having a go at our complacency to deal head-on with our problems. It's ridiculous. There are plenty of people out there who were once obese but got their act together and stopped bemoaning their condition as if it was someone else's fault. They lost weight and saved themselves. Even those who elected to get a gastric band fixed have acted to stop the rot.

So, instead of supplying indefinite funding, why don't we just educate people properly? Spend the money teaching people how to eat and drink wisely. Poor old Jamie Oliver tried to do this and got slated in the USA because they didn't like being told what to do! I expect my views on this subject will get me a similar reaction from some of you. That's a shame because I'm simply saying what everyone else is thinking.

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