A 72-year-old man having a tumour removed from his kidney died after the chief anesthetist and nurse took a lunch break in the middle of the surgery.The incident, which took place at the Lidköping hospital, has prompted stinging criticism from Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).It's Darkest Africa, or something. Darkest Europe. But the socialist agenda engulfing the American health care system would never allow anything like this to happen. And if it did, no doubt the proper authorities would issue appropriately stinging criticism of the responsible parties.
The 72-year-old went under anesthetic at 10.45am on the day of the operation, which took place in January 2011.
At noon sharp, the head anesthetist left the operating room to go for lunch. Fifteen minutes later, the head nurse anesthetist also left the patient and went for lunch.
No other anesthetist was called in to take over responsibility for the doctor who was on his lunch break.
But forget about suing. Can't sue the Government. And forget about the employees being fired. Can't fire a Government worker - even a teacher trying to pick up adolescent girls in his classroom.
But feat not, Citizen. The Department of Health and Human Services has Top Men™* on it. Top Men™*.
* Sexism alert!