Friday, May 11, 2007

Man sues NHS because he didn't die

I'd love to say that's a misleading headline, but unfortunately it isn't.

According to Sky News:

A grandfather who went on a massive spending spree when doctors told him he would die is taking legal action against the NHS after learning he had been misdiagnosed.

The 62-year-old said he was told by doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske that he only had a short time left to live. So he quit his job and stopped paying his mortgage, instead splashing out on a lavish lifestyle of hotels, restaurants and holidays.

Then the hospital told him that he was actually suffering from non-fatal pancreatitis. Mr Brandrick said that in the year he thought he was dying he spent everything and now he faces losing his house. Continue reading.

I can understand the guy getting upset because of the emotional damage he might have suffered over thinking his life was over and he was about to die - I mean, that's some serious shit for anyone to deal with. I can even understand the idea of splashing out and spending your savings.

But even if your days are genuinely numbered, this shouldn't mean stopping your mortgage, and incurring a load of debt. Who's supposed to pay for those when you're gone - your family? The taxpayer?

Man should be happy he has his health back - that's the most valuable thing anyone can have.

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