Saturday, December 01, 2012

Another wonder of socialized medicine, except

they don't even get a pill:
Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.

Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
(and who decides who's 'severely disabled' and 'needs' this?  The people making money off of it, mainly.  Somewhere, some nazi doctors are laughing in hell)
One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.
‘I witnessed a 14 year-old boy with cancer die with his tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth when doctors refused to give him liquids by tube. His death was agonising for him, and for us nurses to watch. This is euthanasia by the backdoor.’
 No, it's not; it's euthanasia by people who don't seem to mind watching people die of thirst.
Well, 'don't mind' isn't quite right, since they encourage it.  'So the poor subhuman won't live a bad life', because 'it'll be an easier death'.  Because 'the hospital makes more money if we do this.'

I'm going to urge you to read it for yourself, as I can't really write more about it right now; it gives me an urge to find the bastards who think this is so wonderful and strap them to a gurney and not give them any water, so they can see how fucking wonderful this is.


wirecutter said...

Mengele would be proud.

Anonymous said...

Not to be vindictive, but...
I hope the authors and supporters of obamacare get their chance at the Liverpool Care Pathway.
ignore amos

Keith said...

I've a friend who has had cancer for 8 years now, it's a very slow one, he needed chemo last year, and was in remission for a few months, now it's back. He's well past state retirement age but had continued to work (he's a partner in a medium sized business).

He needs to build himself up for more chemo therapy, but his blood tests showed he was slightly anaemic, so he was prescribed Ferrous sulphate.

FeSO4 works as an emetic at both ends, friend couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, couldn't go out to work, and lost around 20 pounds, he even ended up on morphine for the pain, and became drastically anemic.

It turns out that the prescribing rules required that he be given FeSO4, as it would be a few pennies cheaper than the far less unpleasant and far more easily absorbed alternatives.

Friend could easily have ended up dead due to the perverse incentives which appear when payment is separated from service provision

as a result, he will take several months longer to build himself up enough to be ready for chemo.