Monday, July 15, 2013

Too little, too late?

The good news is that the MVNHS© has apparently come to its senses, and is planning to shut down the Liverpool Pathway:

"...the Government will announce today the end of the deeply controversial Liverpool Care Pathway ... relatives and patients claimed that the LCP was being used to accelerate death, or even to kill patients who were not dying at all by starving and dehydrating them until they did, in fact, die."

The question then becomes whether or not this step is, in fact, enough:

"The NHS’s medical director will spell out the failings of 14 trusts in England, which between them have been responsible for up to 13,000 “excess deaths” since 2005."

That's roughly 2,000 per year, certainly a great savings on health care for the Much Vaunted National Health System©, but not necessarily the outcome many families (let alone patients) would have preferred.

What's striking about this is that it appears that what we saw with the Stafford fiasco was not an isolated event, but a function of MVNHS© culture. We in the States should be taking careful note of these events, since they're likely to play out very much the same way here under the ObamaTax.

As is this:

"Thousands of people are being put at risk of losing their sight unnecessarily due to variations in rates of cataract operations across England ... More than half the country’s Clinical Commissioning Groups, organisations set up by the health service to organise and buy treatment, restrict access to operations."

These are essentially mini Death Panels, and they seem to operate on the "lottery system;" that is, depending on where you are, you may or may not receive care in time, or even at all. And if you think this is happening just with eye care, I've got a bridge to sell you.
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