Sunday, March 07, 2010

They Kill Patients Don't They?

Government run medicine in Britain strikes again.

A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital.

Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help.

They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control.

The next day his mother Rita Cronin found him delirious and he died within hours.

She said nurses had failed to give him vital drugs which controlled fluid levels in his body. 'He was totally dependent on the nurses to help him and they totally betrayed him.'
An isolated incident you say?

Don't bet your life on it.

Hospital bosses received huge pay rises as up to 5,000 patients in their care died needlessly

Three thousand needless deaths every year in hospital as watchdog fails to spot poor standards

Patients were 'routinely neglected', says most savage indictment of NHS trust

And that is not all. It seems the hospitals in Britain have a cockroach problem. And a rat problem. And mice too. Did I mention maggots?

British Hospitals Overrun With Rats, Bed Bugs, Maggots, Cockroaches

Hospital maternity unit closed after cockroach infestation

NHS hospitals report thousands of pest infestations

At least 30,000 patients were starving in NHS wards in 2007

Evidently the Brits don't need death panels. They let individual staff decide on a case by case basis who lives and who dies. Of course if we get government health care in America things will be different.

H/T JLawson Talk Polywell

Cross Posted at Classical Values


simentt said...

This is what bugs me about the talk about these 'Obama death-panels'. Living in a social democracy with state-controlled health-care, I know that there is no need for 'death panels' to control spending - the system works through detached neglect, not economic calculations.

Here in Norway we have a case in the news where a senile older woman was left alone in her room 22h a day, and thus spent 4 hours in well below-zero temperatures before anyone discovered that she had wandered out.

There is no need to have medicinal tribunals sort people into 'save' and 'euthanize', when the system that is supposed to take care of everyone happily will ignore the plight of anyone not well enough to take care of themselves.


LarryD said...

simentt, death-panels would be more human that what we'd actually get, which is insulated bureaucrats writing rules on what forms of care can be provided to whom, based on the expense of the care and the estimate of tax-paying years left to the patient. With de facto exemptions for those with connections.

An actual panel might be forced to consider the patient as a human being.