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Cuba cold snap kills 26 at psychiatric hospital
The Miami Herald (AP) ^ | January 15, 2010 | Andrea Rodriguez

Posted on 01/16/2010 4:51:27 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian

HAVANA -- Twenty-six patients at Cuba's largest hospital for the mentally ill died this week during a cold snap, the government said Friday.

Human rights leaders cited negligence and a lack of resources as factors in the deaths, and the Health Ministry launched an investigation that it said could lead to criminal proceedings.

A Health Ministry communique read on state television blamed "prolonged low temperatures that fell to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (4 Celsius) in Boyeros," the neighborhood where Havana's Psychiatric Hospital is located.

It said most of the deaths were from natural causes such as old age, respiratory infections and complications from chronic diseases including cancer and cardiovascular problems.

The statement came in response to reports from the independent Cuban Commission on Human Rights that at least 24 mental patients died of hypothermia this week, and that the hospital did not do enough to protect them from the cold because of problems such as faulty windows.

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cuba; deathtoll; globalcooling; globalwarming; healthcare; psychiatry; socializedmedicine

1 posted on 01/16/2010 4:51:29 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian
But Cuba is the model health care system of the Western Hemisphere. Obamacare supporters have told me so.
2 posted on 01/16/2010 4:52:54 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Gore is the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. He rides an icy horse bringing cold wherever he goes.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Thoughts of “excellent” socialist health care and global warming come to mind.


3 posted on 01/16/2010 4:53:17 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
In Cuber...

Mentally ill = dissidents

4 posted on 01/16/2010 4:53:55 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Direct quote from the SEIU bylaws.

We must organize unorganized Healthcare workers, extending to them the gains of unionism while securing control over the Healthcare industry.

SEIU bylaws pdf
5 posted on 01/16/2010 4:55:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
38 degrees in Cuba?

Unbelievable.

Three years in the Navy in Puerto Rico and I never saw a temperature below 68 degrees day or night, winter or summer.

6 posted on 01/16/2010 4:56:53 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Paging Michael Moore. Drop the chalupa and splain us how people died in a Cuban hospital due to not enough resources. Did some bureaucrat decide they couldn’t afford windows and blankets? Death panel?


7 posted on 01/16/2010 4:57:03 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: steelyourfaith

ping


8 posted on 01/16/2010 5:00:17 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ping!


9 posted on 01/16/2010 5:03:59 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Paging Michael Moore.


10 posted on 01/16/2010 5:07:44 AM PST by chopperman
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To: rdl6989

You’re so right, they died from a deadly combination of socialized health care and global warming.


11 posted on 01/16/2010 5:09:05 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (The CRU needs adult supervision.)
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To: KarlInOhio

The real Cuba:

http://www.therealcuba.com/Page10.htm

Every picture tells a story. Dont it?


12 posted on 01/16/2010 5:10:38 AM PST by Katoolie
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

You’re so right, they died from a deadly combination of socialized health care and global warming.

Spot on my friend !


13 posted on 01/16/2010 5:12:49 AM PST by sonic109 (and...what are we going to do about it ? NOTHING ?..so shut up and take it !)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Thousands of patients died during a heat wave in France a few years ago, so Socialist medicine is deadly in any weather.
14 posted on 01/16/2010 5:14:18 AM PST by Shqipo (Palin/Thompson 2012)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Cuba cold snap kills 26 at psychiatric hospital

Human rights leaders cited negligence and a lack of resources as factors in the deaths

resources = windows

15 posted on 01/16/2010 5:18:05 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Well, that’s 26 more poor souls than have died from global warming

Has Human Rights Watch ever investigated Cuban mental hospitals? Too busy slamming George Bush for
1) Iraqi sanctions killing a million children
2) Iraq civilian war deaths
3) being George Bush


16 posted on 01/16/2010 5:22:21 AM PST by silverleaf
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To: johniegrad
38 degrees in Cuba? Unbelievable. Three years in the Navy in Puerto Rico and I never saw a temperature below 68 degrees day or night, winter or summer. Al Gore's fault.
17 posted on 01/16/2010 5:23:56 AM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: silverleaf

......Well, that’s 26 more poor souls than have died from global warming......

Au contraire, mi Amigo ( a little frog mex lingo) hundreds of old people deserted in Paris one recent August from excessive heat of Global Warming


18 posted on 01/16/2010 5:28:01 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Tax the poor. They are a drag on society)
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To: Katoolie

WOW thats truly sad.


19 posted on 01/16/2010 5:31:11 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: bert

summer heat, even occasional extreme, is not “global warming”

Many of those souls died because

a) they didn’t have air conditioning or access to it via social agences (which kick in here with “cooling centers” to help the homeless and homebound when inner cities swelter)

b) their families, social workers, and caretakers left them alone in small apartments to cope because it was vacation time in France and NOTHING stops a Frenchman from taking his govt-guaranteed vacation, C’est la Vie


20 posted on 01/16/2010 5:34:27 AM PST by silverleaf
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To: rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; mmanager; enough_idiocy; FreedomPoster; carolinablonde; ...
Sad.

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

21 posted on 01/16/2010 5:41:26 AM PST by steelyourfaith (Freedom from fat cat greedy Big Government tyranny IS a Right ... It IS the Constitution.)
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To: silverleaf
3) being George Bush

Eventually he'll be forgiven for everything ... except that.

22 posted on 01/16/2010 5:43:56 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: TigersEye

This is genius by the commie cubans. The patients are treated and now in a better place. genius!


23 posted on 01/16/2010 6:09:49 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Psychiatirc hospitals are usually where Commies keep the political prisoners....

Sad and tragic.


24 posted on 01/16/2010 6:26:27 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (No Illegal Alien Amnesty.....Never)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

the Health Ministry said a commission created to investigate the deaths has already identified various deficiencies at the hospital.

Communist Cuba provides free health care to all its citizens but, though the quality of its medical system is celebrated in leftist circles around Latin America, it is also plagued by shortages. Patients are expected to bring their own sheets and towels and sometimes their own food during hospital stays.

The government blames the shortages on the U.S. trade embargo, though the embargo does not prevent the direct sale of medicine or medical supplies to the island. “

This is the future of healthcare in the US...unless Obama and the socialists are stopped...immediately or sooner.


25 posted on 01/16/2010 6:40:20 AM PST by RouxStir (No peein' allowed in the gene pool.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Said one patient “Am I crazy or is it cold in here”


26 posted on 01/16/2010 8:07:09 AM PST by txroadhawg ("To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors." Ronald Reagan)
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