Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/02/14

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Subject: Re: [Leica] codswallop
From: Johnny Deadman <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 13:53:39 -0500

on 2/14/01 11:35 AM, Dr. Joseph Yao at wrote:

>> I know this because I made a film about the foundation of the British
>> National Heatlth Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and one of our
>> interviewees was an extraordinarily old pharmacist who knew all about the
>> stuff. (The coming of the NHS put a lot of patent medicines out of business,
>> but the pharmacists did very well).
> John,
> How's the NHS these days?  Is is in better form?  The NHS was the major
> reason I quit my medical career in the U.K.

I don't know, Joseph. I quit the UK too. Last time I was in a British
hospital (my son had a fever and we were there four days) the place was
filthy and relied completely on antibiotics to fight cross-infection. The
staff were delightful but thin on the ground and you couldn't get decent
food for love nor money. The hospital was falling to bits and the
paediatrician was leaving for a career in TV. There were bloodstains all
over the floor that had been there for 2 days. It looked like someone
somewhere had just given up.
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Johnny Deadman