October 7, 2012

A little Sunday something for "social justice" Catholics...

...and all the other fake-liberals who think caring for the poor should be left to big government. For those who think you can be both Christian and Leftist. (The items are from Britain's NHS, National Health Service.)

This is PRECISELY what Obama and Pelosi and Reid and all those other "liberal" animals want for us. This IS "Obamacare" a few decades down the line...

Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards - Telegraph:

.Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today....

* there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals;

* 78 hospital and 39 care home patients were killed by bedsores, while a further 650 people who died had their presence noted on their death certificates;

* 21,696 were recorded as suffering from septicemia when they died, a condition which experts say is most often associated with infected wounds.

The records, from the Office for National Statistics, follow a series of scandals of care of the elderly, with doctors forced to prescribe patients with drinking water or put them on drips to make sure they do not become severely dehydrated ...

...In Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire, doctors resorted to prescribing patients with drinking water to ensure nurses did not forget, a report from inspectors warned in May last year.

The Care Quality Commission recorded one case where an elderly patient was found to be malnourished when they were admitted to the ward, yet not reassessed until 16 days later.

In many wards nurses were dumping meal trays in front of patients too weak to feed themselves and then taking them away again untouched.

A report by the Health Service Ombudsman last year condemned the NHS for its inhumane treatment of the most vulnerable.

The investigation found patients were left hungry, unwashed or given the wrong drugs because of the "casual indifference of staff"...

...In July, an inquest heard that a young man who died of dehydration at a leading hospital rang 999 for police because he was so thirsty.

Officers arrived at Kane Gorny's bedside, but were told by nurses that he was in a confused state and were sent away.

The footballer and runner, 22, died of dehydration a few hours later, an inquest heard in July...

UPDATE: I think this stuff is really euthanasia. But not done consciously. These are sort of "Freudian slips" out of the collective unconscious of a culture of death. Expect more of this. All European countries are in demographic collapse, and all be having increasing percentages of elderly people in coming decades, and stagnant economies unable to cope.

Posted by John Weidner at October 7, 2012 4:35 PM

And where are the families?
In India, no one ever goes to a hospital unless accompanied by family. The hospital rooms provide for one family member to sleep in.

Posted by: bisaal at October 8, 2012 12:56 AM

That's good. I've noticed in our hospital it is a lot easier for family members to spend time than I remembered in the past.

But a deeper problem is that families are shrinking and fragmenting almost everywhere.

And an even deeper problem is that all the socialistic policies that liberals love aim at destroying anything that comes between the state and the individual. Including families.

There's a lot that can be done to ameliorate this situation if policy were aimed at strengthening family involvement in health care.

Posted by: John Weidner at October 8, 2012 8:47 AM

But I thought that Paul Krugman said these stories are false.

Posted by: David Hoffman at October 8, 2012 11:49 AM

David Hoffman, How dare you criticize Krugman!
Krugman's intellect is so powerful he can draw a trendline from a single data point!
The Krugster is the Chuck Norris of economics!

"of course, I was right"
-Paul Krugman, writing on occasions too numerous to mention.

Posted by: Terry at October 8, 2012 1:00 PM

Battin, but they are missing from all goball carbon cycling, even from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports. Rivers are just considered as inert pipelines, receiving organic carbon from Earth and transporting it to the ocean. This thinking, according to Battin, has changed radically in last few years.He argues that the latest estimates of how much carbon is transferred to the atmosphere from rivers and streams are very conservative. The actual outgassing of carbon dioxide is probably closer to 2 Gt of carbon per year, says Battin. Our surface area estimates only consider larger streams and rivers, because it is very hard to estimate accurately the surface area of small streams. So small streams are excluded, although in terms of microbial activity, they are the most reactive in the network. Two gigatonnes of carbon per year is close to half the estimated net primary production of the world's vegetation each year. Realising that this quantity of carbon may be delivered straight back to the atmosphere, rather than being taken to the ocean where some of it is removed by marine organisms and ends up in sediment, could have profound consequences for our understanding of the system.

Posted by: Elize at October 23, 2012 1:39 AM
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