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NHS: Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely

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posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 07:18 PM
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Telegraph.co.uk

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across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.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


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Ummm, Yikes! Who get's to decide whether you live or die?

-Dev




posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:14 PM
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Someone who is trained to be "clinically detached" from you as a human being, a person, a soul.

Go figure.



posted on Sep, 3 2009 @ 08:36 PM
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I'm not in the UK, but considering that we're talking about human lives, and the obvious implications this may have on this type of healthcare system, I think it does merit discussion.

Denying food and liquids? Someone, or in this case some group, decides on whether a life is deemed financially worth treating. How do they live with theirselves? Or is the decision not a financial one? Is it simply because a patient waiting in line with a better chance of survival should be treated instead?

This bothers me tremendously as my grandmother has recently been admitted to the hospital. The diagnosis? Brain tumors, possibly cancerous. She's fading....and I don't think, well, I know for damn sure I don't want anyone deciding the worth of her life.

-Dev



posted on Feb, 23 2010 @ 08:08 AM
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Missed this one. S&F

BTW - This seems to be happening everywhere these days. With public health insurance and with private. ...It costs a lot to keep people in hospital - too many health care professionals have been convinced there's no point to it, and they're in a position to act on their beliefs.




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.



Not to mention the movement to just let other "useless eaters" go untreated and be left to die.

Modern eugenics policies tend to mandate neglect, not active and verifiable interventions. Same result.




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