Thursday, April 07, 2005

"I pulled out my own teeth"

I know you can never trust those British tabloids, but here is a story that i hope is not true: "I pulled out my own teeth"

TONY Blair yesterday faced a woman who pulled out SEVEN of her teeth after failing to find an NHS dentist.

Great-grandmother Valerie Halsworth, 64, removed them with her husband’s pliers.
She pulled out a seventh tooth over the weekend before meeting the PM in Coventry yesterday.

The cleaner, from Scarborough, North Yorks, has a gum disease that causes her teeth to loosen.

Under fire ... Tony Blair is questioned live on air

Mr Blair told her: “I can’t suddenly just produce more dentists. We have to train them. I can’t force them from the private sector into the NHS.”

Valerie said: “Mr Blair didn’t seem as though he had an answer.

“The ten teeth I have got left are OK. But in another month or two I’m going to need a dentist.
“It would be nice for somebody to take them out properly for me.”

I have a feeling that socialized healthcare was not the only reason this person pulled their own teeth (though i bet it helped a good bit). Sometimes the problems of the world are not socialism, but a person's own stupidity.

via Jessica


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