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British hospital apologizes to familes for appallingly negligent care
American Thinker ^ | 12/23/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 12/23/2012 7:26:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind

An apology seems insufficient considering the circumstances.

Telegraph:

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Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is writing to 38 families after a massive legal action that exposed years of bad practice, ranging from nurses taunting patients to leaving an elderly woman unwashed for 11 weeks.

In one of the worst cases, a man had starvation recorded as the cause of his death after being treated at the hospital for two months.

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said last night that he was "disgusted and appalled" by what the families had been through, and that the Government was acting to ensure that failings in care were detected more quickly.

Bereaved relatives had told how vulnerable patients were left to starve when trays were placed out of their reach, while others were left in soaking bedsheets.

Many of the families are to receive compensation for cases that their lawyer described as "appalling". The hospital is to admit its failings in each case in the letters.

The move will serve to intensify debate on why some nurses and doctors are treating patients without compassion, and will add weight to the warning by Mr Hunt that patients can experience "coldness, resentment, indifference" and "even contempt" in NHS hospitals. He warned that in the worst institutions, a "normalisation of cruelty" had been fostered.

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Actually, the lack of "compassion" doesn't bother me much. You can be a kindly doctor or nurse and a total incompetent. Give me a bastard who's a brilliant doctor or surgeon any day and forget "compassion."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; healthcare; uk

1 posted on 12/23/2012 7:26:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
The model for Obamacare...


2 posted on 12/23/2012 7:28:47 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SeekAndFind

I won’t be left to die in a Obamacare hospital. I’d rather die in the gutter someplace.


3 posted on 12/23/2012 7:37:15 AM PST by Dallas59 (America died a little bit more on 11/6/2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s more disgusting than the hospital is the families. Where were they while their loved ones were being starved to death and not bathed?


4 posted on 12/23/2012 7:47:47 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: bgill

WELCOME TO OBAMACARE!!!


5 posted on 12/23/2012 7:53:40 AM PST by Signalman
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what God made prisions and the death penality for. This is mass murder and abuse under the color of government health care. The public only knows the half of it.

If (when) they do this to people in America, they will die. It’s one awful thing to murder unborn babies and another degree of “in your face” to murder already born people. No one ever knew the unborned baby but not so with the living.

We need to advertise the names and locations of the death panel members and make clear their death sentences pronounced on whole classes of people from a centralized location in DC.


6 posted on 12/23/2012 7:57:05 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson
This is what God made prisions and the death penality for.

They get meals and showers in prison, better treatment than their victims got.

7 posted on 12/23/2012 8:09:24 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: SeekAndFind
A few days ago there was a story in the London Telegraph about a patient in a government hospital (an "NHS" hospital) who *starved* to death.I worked in a large hospital for 20 years...a US hospital,to be precise.But even with this country's abysmal,breathtakingly inferior health care system (inferior to Britain's and Canada's,at least) I never saw (or heard of) any of our patients having starved to death,having been taunted by nurses or having been left unwashed for 11 weeks.But then the one where *I* worked wasn't run by government employees.

I thank God every day that neither Bella Pelosi,Dirty Harry *nor* Osama Obama will ever *starve* to death in a US hospital.I,a member of the great unwashed,am much less optimistic about the fate of my loved ones.

8 posted on 12/23/2012 8:11:46 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: fattigermaster

We can always make “special” prisons for them. When they arrive in hell, this is what they have to look forward to.

They did not make a “mistake.” In a just society, they should not be permitted a polite appology for torturing and murdering people under the color of State authority. They are not sorry for what they do to people. They have no conscience.

It took, on average, ten days for their victims to die.


9 posted on 12/23/2012 8:23:45 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

But,hey, what about that world class show the National Health Service put on at the London Olympics!


10 posted on 12/23/2012 8:32:10 AM PST by dogcaller
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To: Gay State Conservative
But even with this country's abysmal,breathtakingly inferior health care system (inferior to Britain's and Canada's,at least)

How do YOU determine that, our health care system is inferior to those in Canada and the UK? If you haven't worked in Canada or the UK, how can you determine that their systems are better? What makes their systems any better, if at all?
11 posted on 12/23/2012 8:49:49 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: adorno
How do YOU determine that, our health care system is inferior to those in Canada and the UK?

Sorry,I didn't think that the "sarcasm" tag was necessary in my post.I thought it was understood.

12 posted on 12/23/2012 9:03:02 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: darkwing104

I was just discharged from the hospital yesterday, after a serious illness . The care I received was magnificent!!! Every doctor and nurse that we spoke to stated that the last thing this country needed was Obamacare. Their remarks were totally unsolicited , just voiced out of concern for their professions.
As I was receiving the best of care, all I could think of was how long will it take until we become like the NHS in England. So stinkin’ sad.


13 posted on 12/23/2012 10:09:12 AM PST by copwife (All God's creatures have a place in the choir!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Sorry,I didn't think that the "sarcasm" tag was necessary in my post.I thought it was understood.

When you made it a point to "single" out the UK and Canada, the sarcasm was lost. There are plenty of people out there, who do believe that the UK and Canada do have better health care systems.
14 posted on 12/23/2012 10:54:31 AM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: SeekAndFind

Monetary incentive to do a good job is not a bad thing.


15 posted on 12/23/2012 11:27:01 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: Slyfox

-— Monetary incentive to do a good job is not a bad thing. -—

I like to root economic discussions in the fact that economic transactions simply represent free exchanges between two people. For some reason, the mere mention of money moves most discussions from reality to fantasy.


16 posted on 12/23/2012 11:52:53 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Gay State Conservative

In USA dont they starve them to death in nursing homes ?


17 posted on 12/23/2012 12:00:57 PM PST by PraiseTheLord (economic civil war ?)
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To: PraiseTheLord
Lot less legal trouble just to let them eat themselves to death ";^)
18 posted on 12/23/2012 12:11:06 PM PST by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
I like your response. Government involvement means getting that "free exchange" business all fricked up.

Sorta like the Marxist Mob demanding a cut of the loot, while also forcing everyone to play by their Mob rules and use their Mob lawyers.

Hence, my tagline.

19 posted on 12/23/2012 12:15:18 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: SeekAndFind

-— The move will serve to intensify debate on why some nurses and doctors are treating patients without compassion -—

Adults who have been to the DMV can’t figure this out?

We need a blue ribbon commission to figure out how people can be so stupid.


20 posted on 12/23/2012 12:19:10 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: SeekAndFind

But they are wonderful - celebrated in the Olympics, no less.


21 posted on 12/23/2012 4:05:17 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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