Friday, February 8, 2013

A Look At The Future

Walter Russell Mead: "British Hospital Carnage a Window into US Future".

Related from NYT: "English Hospital Report Cites 'Appalling' Suffering":
The report, which examined conditions at Stafford Hospital in Staffordshire over a 50-month period between 2005 and 2009, cites example after example of horrific treatment: patients left unbathed and lying in their own urine and excrement; patients left so thirsty that they drank water from vases; patients denied medication, pain relief and food by callous and overworked staff members; patients who contracted infections due to filthy conditions; and patients sent home to die after being given the wrong diagnoses. 

“This is the story of the appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people,” Robert Francis, the lawyer appointed by the government to lead the inquiry, said at a news conference.
Right now, such conditions would be nearly unthinkable here in the US.  For now.