Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cruel and Unusual "Health Care": Today England; Tomorrow America

The British health service bureaucracy is doing its part to manage health care costs in the United Kingdom. If they are likely going to die, don't waste care on them. The Daily Telegraph details the widespread dissatisfaction with the cruel program.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death.

Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.

But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warn.

As a result the scheme is causing a “national crisis” in patient care, the letter states. It has been signed palliative care experts including Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, Dr Peter Hargreaves, a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, and four others.

“Forecasting death is an inexact science,”they say. Patients are being diagnosed as being close to death “without regard to the fact that the diagnosis could be wrong.

“As a result a national wave of discontent is building up, as family and friends witness the denial of fluids and food to patients."

The warning comes just a week after a report by the Patients Association estimated that up to one million patients had received poor or cruel care on the NHS.

The rest of the article can be read here. Just a little advance preview of the health care plan President Barry Vladimir Hussein Soetero Obama and his fellow travelers have in store for America. Sounds great, doesn't it?

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