I've been reading a lot about this at work. Hospitals also seeing a major recurrence of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria, and there's been a big increase in HIV infection as well. THANKS IMF, REALLY GLAD YOU WERE AROUND TO HELP OUT.
#4 Threaten to hold your breath until the electoral college "takes it back and says they're sorry".
"General surgery" means a doctor's office, for those of you outside the UK - it's like going to a family doctor. (Sorry if that's patronizing, I can't remember if that's common knowledge or not.)
I'm pretty sure the reason they checked with the US doctor is that they didn't want to stomp in with antibiotics and possibly affect the patient's care plan with their long-term provider.
To be fair, it sounds like most of this was because you're not a British resident/taxpayer. I'm also an American in Britain, and while it's true that the quality of care can vary from practice to practice and doctor to doctor, that was true when I was living in the US, too. The problem is that, as a foreign student/non-taxpayer, it seems you're only allowed to go to the one practice. Which is obviously crap, and I'm sorry you're still ill, but also isn't really about problems of socialized medicine for citizens and residents of the country (ie, the vast majority of people who use it).
More importantly, what is that image from it is driving me mad that I can't remember
I agree - the lack of wi-fi on planes is a feature, not a bug. It's the one place left in the world where you can recline your seat, read whatever you want or watch shitty movies, and drink gin without having to respond to anyone outside your space.