So grateful to have the NHS
- By: Shravan Tewary
In January the Indian prime minister underwent coronary bypass surgery. My parents were in India at the time, and I wondered how they would have coped there if one of them had needed such surgery. Not very well, I concluded.
The whole nation was proud of its humble prime minister, who set an excellent example by opting to have such potentially life threatening surgery in his home country rather than go to the West, as his contemporaries and predecessors have done. He is 76, has diabetes, and has had previous coronary surgery.
The way his treatment was organised caused me concern. Although he had his surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, a prestigious national tertiary referral centre, the cardiac surgeon was flown in from his private hospital in Mumbai. The surgeon had, quite understandably, brought along his anaesthetist, all the required equipment for care