OAP pays for operation with bounced cheque

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  1. Nick_UK

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    A penniless pensioner from west London paid for a life-saving heart operation with a fake cheque. Retired painter and decorator Roy Thayers was facing a nine-month wait on the NHS to get an angioplasty.

    Instead, the 77-year-old wrote out a cheque for almost £9,000 for a private operation at Hammersmith Hospital - despite only having £10 in the bank.

    He is now paying back the remaining amount of £6,481 in £25 instalments. He will be 99 by the time it is repaid.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/5234656.stm

    Good for him ! People are calling this guy a thief, but after working all his life, and paying in all those NI contributions, he deserved to be treated better than that.
     
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    Too right. Good for him

    He's paid his taxes all his life and probably has paid for the operation many times over already

    How about we cut some of the salaries of the self-important pen pushers :rolleyes:
     
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    Agreed...brilliant. He has undoubtedly paid more N.I contributions in his life than many other of these 'benefit-scroungers' who have never paid any tax/ni in their life. As a Bank Manager, I am surprised that the hospital took a cheque, or at least did the operation before the cheque had cleared.

    Reminds me of a tv documentary I saw years ago: concerned an elderly guy who ran up approx 100k in cc debt and basically blew it all on treating himself in his old-age :clap: :clap:

    Obviously, as a bank manager, I do not condone either of these actions.;)
     
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    Yeah right! You recommended all that AV gear to him ..... the gold plated Pioneer plasma was a bit much I thought :smashin:
     
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    i think in cases like this they really should look at paying for going private, he's paid lots in NI so surely that should go towards paying for his op privately.

    personally i think they should scrap private hospitals and have performance related bonuses for surgeons and some staff(not to admin/managers tho).

    Of course we dont want it based solely on how many operations a surgeon does as this would lead to poor quality operations. i feel a good standard of pay and bonuses for good work is the way to go
     
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    I wonder how many people can remember The Goodies "Hell's Grannies" sketch ?

    This could be a reality one day.
     
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    Great idea Sean. I'm tempted to do the same thing with these high-rate private Dentists [since it is now so difficult to find an NHS one].
    They can always auction my gold fillings on EBay to recover their costs :mad:
     

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