Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama
I am not sure what I think of that. My sister studied at Cambridge last year and she had to go to the hospital and was horrified at the filthy conditions of the hospital. I have heard this from others as well. Obviously that is heresay, but it is from individuals that I trust very much.
I rather doubt that the conditions were 'filthy'; it would simply not be tolerated. But there will always be a few hospitals which fail to meet the stringent standards laid down, usually because of their age and a lack of local government funding for rebuilding. When this occurs, it is met with public and press outcry.
In the East Kent area where I live I can think of two such hospitals, both established in the 18th century. One has been been renovated and partially rebuilt to a standard I'm sure your sister would approve of; the other was closed down and demolished. In the same area we also have three hospitals built to state-of-the-art standards.
The NHS is not perfect, what massive national institution is? Nevertheless it provides an exceptional service for which we bless our good fortune.