Thursday, May 26, 2011

MVNHS©: Water, water, everywhere

You know that old saying "take two aspirin and call me in the morning?"

Well, in Merry Ol' England, they're skipping the actual aspirin part, and prescribing Dihydrogen Monoxide:

"Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital."

Apparently, some 800 (perhaps more) seniors die of dehydration in British hospitals every year. Another 300 are killed off die of malnutrition, ignored by hospital staff even as they (literally) starve to death.

It's almost as if a nationalized system of health care uses some kind of "death panel" to help keep costs down. Good thing they weren't smokers.
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