Despite her party’s promise to eliminate NHS wait times, former Liberal Democrat NHS director dies after waiting nine months for surgery

A former director in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service died after waiting nine months for a life-saving operation – at the very hospital she used to manage.

Margaret Hutchon had undergone major stomach surgery last year, but the necessary follow-up procedures had been cancelled four times since last June.

“Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust – the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors,” London’s Daily Mail reports.

“I don’t really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off,” he said.

Mrs. Hutchon suffered greatly in her final months, but the U.K.’s socialized health care system didn’t care.

“The case has been referred to the coroner because of the long time it has taken. In some ways, I would like the coroner to order a post mortem,” her husband says.

“From July to October there was talk of another operation and then between November and December there were three or four postponements and she was becoming so institutionalised we decided to get her home until an operation was certain,” he says.

Mrs. Hutchon served on the NHS board in her capacity as an elected official for thirty years and mayor of Chelmsford.

She was a member of the Liberal Democrat Party, which believes socialized medicine is the future.

“Our NHS is our most treasured public service and it is safe in Liberal Democrat hands,” the party’s manifesto read. “We’ll invest the £8bn NHS bosses say they need to maintain the high quality care you expect, free when you need it…These commitments are so important to us, we’ve put them on the front page of our manifesto…”

Three of the leading candidates for the United States presidency support moving the nation’s health care system to a model similar to the NHS.

Both Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have called for expanded government control over health insurance policies and hospital operations.

Republican Donald Trump has spent 30 years calling for universal health care and praising the NHS.

“I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better,” Trump told CNN’s Larry King in 1999.

Trump went on to say health care should be a cradle-to-grave entitlement, like the U.K., telling King, “It’s an entitlement to this country, and too bad the world can’t be, you know, in this country. But the fact is, it’s an entitlement to this country if we’re going to have a great country.”

Trump has doubled down on that position in his 2016 campaign in an interview with “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley in September:

Trump: There’s many different ways, by the way [to give everyone health care.] Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, “No, no, the lower 25 percent that can’t afford private. But–”

Pelley: Universal health care.

Trump: I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.

Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?

Trump: They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably —

Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?

Trump: —the government’s gonna pay for it.