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UK Health Care: Now Creating (Involuntary) Breatharians January 24, 2012

Posted by geoff in News.

As we (futilely) resist traveling the path that the United Kingdom has forged for us, the consequences of being herded down that path become more appalling. Here’s the latest good news:

While GPs are preparing to go on strike, and consultants and nurses ratchet up their attacks on the Coalition’s proposed reforms to the NHS, four Britons are dying of dehydration and malnutrition in hospital each day.

Few deaths can be as agonising as those caused by lack of liquids and nutrients, yet few deaths are as preventable. In every hospital, water and food are plentiful. In every hospital, nurses, doctors, registrars, and cleaners rush about the wards. Is it too much to ask that they should notice that a patient has not drunk or eaten in days? Is it too much to ask them to stop on their rounds and actually pour some water, or hand over a roll? Surely in the 21st century a first world health system should be able to offer better care to its charges.

But that’s the point – when you focus on justice rather than excellence, excellence must suffer.

As must the patients.


1. Jewel Atkins - January 24, 2012

This is just another ugly truth that gets whispered about but never corrected. The Brits have been on this trail of tears a long time. We must learn from their mistake. France had a similar episode several years ago during a brutal heat wave in August, when the whole country goes on vacation, leaving grandmère et grandpère behind without a means of cooling themselves. Many thousands of elderly French people died, especially in hospitals because of French traditions.

2. GrumpyUnk - January 24, 2012

I seem to remember something from back in the early 90’s where nursing home patients were hiring sitters in Belgium to make sure they weren’t euthanized involuntarily.
But hey. They’re all cosmopolitan and such and we should be more like them or some such horseshit.

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