Skip to comments.Socialized medicine: Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards
Posted on 10/06/2012 2:34:17 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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 last year where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a
state of severe dehydration in UK hospitals
The death toll was disclosed by the UK Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards.
They will also fuel concerns about care homes, as it was disclosed that eight people starved to death and 21 people died of thirst while in care.
Last night there were warnings that they must prompt action by the NHS and care home regulators to prevent further deaths among patients.
The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that:
* as well as 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;
* 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 .
Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association said the statistics were a grim and shaming reflection of 21st century Britain.
"These are people's mothers, fathers, and grandparents," she said. "It is
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We need another Nevil Shute today! Thanks for the capsule reviews — maybe some younger FReepers will tune in to Shute!
Like so much of socialism, people let themselves be sold on the ideal vs. the reality.
He definitely had a bit of an Ayn Rand bent to his writing.
Has Britain ever had a revolution? Doesn’t like it.
people who run such a system should be tried, convicted and jailed and should even be up for charges for crimes against humanity.
When I saw the tribute to the NHS during the Olympics, I almost did a Elvis on the TV.
Talk about paying for votes.
Despicable and coming here if Obama is reelected.
Funny that the media has not picked up on that little bit of information. No Sir! No real information.
Socialists don’t have a clue about the value of life. They’ll kill their own grandmothers for a morsel of cheese.
They only value their own lives, and even then, only when they can feel that they are in control. Years ago I read a book about the suicide/euthanasia movement (can’t remember the author, you’d know) and the primary reason these people want legalized suicide is because they want to be in total control of when they die.
And of course, when “other” people die.
They are pure, unadulterated Evil.