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The Joys Of Socialized Health Care: Britain’s NHS Gives Elderly Patients A Tambourine To Call Nurses, And Maracas In Case It Breaks…

A glimpse into our future unless we repeal ObamaCare.

(Daily Mail) — Elderly hospital patients who were terrified that they could not summon help from nurses hoped that an electronic alarm would be installed in their day room.

Instead they were given a tambourine to shake.

And in case that broke, a pair of maracas was also supplied as back-up.

One man visiting his mother put the system to the test by rattling the tambourine for 16 minutes – but failed to attract the staff’s attention.

Yesterday the hospital was forced to apologise after an NHS watchdog described the policy as ‘unacceptable’ and criticised it for failing to install a proper alarm system.

The farcical arrangement was put in place at Cardiff Royal Infirmary after more than 30 elderly patients in the west wing complained that they were ‘too scared’ to use the day room in case staff did not hear their calls for help.

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