posted on Dec, 18 2012 @ 06:25 PM
I'd like to start by saying that I have absolutely no evidence to back any of this up, so I'll understand if you stop reading here. Oh also, this is
a corporation bashing thread, not a government or welfare bashing thread.
Anyway, a few years ago at a friend of a friend's dinner party I met a guy who worked as a senior logistical advisor for a major pharmaceutical
company who had a large contract with the NHS, this guy made a lot of money off the company, and in return made them orders of magnitude more.
This guy wasn't a manager in the traditional sense, he didn't tell people what to do directly, he was more of a consultant or advisor, his entire
work routine consisted of analysing global prescription drug trends and seeing how they would affect the UK market, extrapolating data from things
like previous orders and "in" diseases in order to predict the next major order to the company from the NHS.
Having successfully estimated when the NHS was going to place a major order with his company (he claimed to be rather good at his job) he then advised
the company to move certain stocks away from the UK warehouses to somewhere on the other side of the EU, so that when the NHS ordered the medicine
they could be charged 2-6x the standard price depending on the urgency of delivery, global availability of the drug in question etc.
This wasn't just a UK thing either, nobody was deliberately trying to shaft the UK, it happened to other countries too and was co-ordinated on a
massive scale, the company just wanted to make the most amount of money in any given time period, so any one of their clients could have been done
over just as easily as the NHS.
Now obviously when this came out to a room full of doctors, consultants and admin staff an icy silence ensued, followed by a short exchange of
opinions on this guy's ethics. Throughout his unanimous condemnation from almost everyone present, this guy remained unapologetic, he did however
have the good grace to take his cabal and slink off a short time later.
We are being swindled on a massive scale by the pharmaceutical companies, our tax money is actively being stolen simply by shifting stock around the
world to make us pay more for it. The NHS is doing its best, along with our other emergency services, to provide round the clock care for us, and
they're losing out on a massive scale because of a few dozen individuals at most.
The point I want to get across here is that the NHS is an exceptional service that is often railed against for being bloated and inefficient - the
next time you find yourself saying something along those lines just think back to this thread. You can pull out all the funding figures you like, it
doesn't matter how much money we funnel in to the service when they have to pay over the odds on everything because the sellers can get away with
Imagine if this didn't happen, how much money would we save? How many more lives would that money save?
Medical quality in the UK is being eroded by the greed of a few.