Thursday, October 11, 2012

UK Patient Abuse

The 10/6/2012 Telegraph reported, "Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards".

Some of the statistics of the patient mistreatment in the government-run NHS system are appalling.

From the article:
* 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

...In many wards nurses were dumping meal trays in front of patients too weak to feed themselves and then taking them away again untouched.

A report by the Health Service Ombudsman last year condemned the NHS for its inhumane treatment of the most vulnerable.
Leftists like to argue that government-run medicine would ensure "compassionate" care for all.   But the UK stories show that comparisons with the DMV may be closer to the truth.