Complication-free ops total 4,000 in one day

Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 20.35.05That, Dalrymple points out, is not news. Nor is

Cured patients discharged from hospital numbered 5,000 yesterday.

The lack of such reports in the newspapers naturally, he says, puts him on the

qui vive for deficiencies in the care of an old and close friend of mine who was admitted to a provincial hospital with a very serious illness.

People, Dalrymple observes,

often talk as if they believed that there could be a world without untoward events.

  • There is a terrorist outrage: the security services have failed.
  • There is a miscarriage of justice: the judges are fools.
  • A patient dies: the doctors are incompetent and the nurses cruel.

It is almost as if there were a giant conspiracy afoot to subvert the ideal normal in which we should otherwise live.

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