posted on Mar, 4 2013 @ 08:38 AM
Originally posted by FlyersFan
Okay .. what gives? Are hospital workers stretched too thin? Is it a matter of 'you get what you pay for'? Is it just human error by people who
are in the health care business but who really don't care and shouldn't be there? Is it that people are doing the best they can but their best
isn't good enough? I'm finding info on this for Britain and Australia. (I'm sure that there must be other places where this happens as well)
Patients Starving To Death in British Hospitals
At least 1,165 people starved to death while they were patients in Britain's National Health Service hospitals over the past four years.
Critics charge that nurses are too busy to properly feed their patients and often place food and drink out of reach, reports the Daily Mail.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics also reveal that for every patient who died from malnutrition, four more died from dehydration,
according to the newspaper
Also from that source - In 2011 another 5,558 people were discharged from the hospital suffering from malnutrition.
edit on 3/3/2013 by FlyersFan because: (no reason given)
Hi, While I would never expect you of all people to try and show other countries health systems in a bad light, there are some things that need to be
The actual text says 'thousands' are NOT dying of hunger and thirst. 1,165 divided by four years is 291 per year. That it still of course still a
tragedy but even then, your information does not include how many were suffering from malnutrition prior to entering hospital. Facts I know are a
pain, but why not try balancing an article before posting it?
In the UK we know that at least one NHS Trust has been severely mismanaged - there is no question of that and it actually now risks closure. That is
all out in the open, it's not something that MSM has under reported (strange how everyone accuses the MSM of not telling the facts when patently they
To state that nurses purposefully leave food and drink out of reach is an allegation - not a fact. There are cases as in the Trust I mentioned above
where it's true (and shocking) that patients didn't have direct access to water - I'll say it again, that is shocking and from what I understand
prosecutions will take place.
Flyersfan, I know you want to demonise the NHS because it can show that even here in nasty socialist Europe (in your eyes) there are better ways of
doing some things than how it's done in America - get over yourself!
My other half recently had a stay in hospital after an operation. No complaints about availability or quality of food or water. Both my parents in the
last 5 years or so have had operations and ongoing treatment in hospital - no complaints from them either. There are times that level of care is
obviously not what it should be and they should rightly be reported and action taken, but to imply it is widespread is to sensationalise.
Out of interest, seeing as you have brought this up, could you provide the equivalent mortality rates for North America?