Posts Tagged National Health Service
Saturday, July 14, 2012
By: Jonathan Benson
[NaturalNews] Patients admitted under the care of the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) are at serious risk of falling victim to the nationalized health system’s “backdoor euthanasia” program, which is responsible for inducing death in tens of thousands of patients every single year. One young man admitted to St. George’s Hospital in South London, for instance, was literally dehydrated to death by lazy hospital workers in what appears to have been a combination of carelessness and covert euthanasia.
Kane Gorny, a 22-year-old footballer and runner who had survived a malignant brain tumor back in 2008, was admitted to St. George’s in 2009 for a hip operation caused by drug-induced bone weakness. But he ended up dying a horrific death just days into his stay as hospital staff appear to have either deliberately neglected him, or discreetly placed him on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) program, an end-of-life protocol originally intended for terminal patients to help them avoid needless pain and misery during the last few days of their lives.
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Kane was an otherwise healthy young man who had been studying to be a locksmith and a cobbler. As long as Kane regularly took medication to regulate his fluid levels — the radiation and chemotherapy treatments he received for his brain cancer basically destroyed his pituitary gland, which naturally regulates fluid levels — he was just fine, and was otherwise in full recovery mode.
But all that changed once the NHS got its hands on the boy, who was deliberately withheld access to both his medicine and fluids while awaiting surgery at St. George’s. According to reports, hospital staff failed to evaluate Kane’s charts, and when he begged them to give him a drink because he was dehydrating, they heartlessly ignored him. He eventually called both his mother and the police from his hospital bed in a desperate plea for help.
When Kane’s mother Rita arrived, she witnessed atrocious treatment of her son by hospital staff, who insisted that the boy was just fine. But Rita observed that not only had her son still not received his vital medicine, but he had also been doped up on sedatives while being withheld access to hydration, two protocols that are linked to the LCP protocol.
By the next morning, Kane’s lips and tongue had swollen, which prompted his mother to alert nurses about the situation. But once again, they arrogantly ignored her warnings and insisted the boy was just fine. Shortly thereafter, however, a doctor making the rounds noticed Kane’s condition and, in a panic, alerted hospital staff to come and tend to him.
But it was too late. A few minutes later, Kane died in a pool of his own blood and fluids, and all as a result of nurses refusing to properly hydrate him the day prior, and possibly even several days before that. An otherwise healthy boy, in other words, ended up dying in extreme pain at the hands of the U.K.’s NHS, which appears to have covertly enrolled him in the LCP protocol.
Liverpool Care Pathway now commonly used for ‘backdoor euthanasia’ at NHS hospitals
A similar situation occurred the same year to a 98-year-old woman who was admitted to an NHS hospital for an infection. She was quickly put on the LCP protocol, which included denying her access to proper hydration and heavily sedating her. The otherwise active and healthy woman ended up dying within three days of being admitted under NHS care. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)
“Under the Liverpool Care Pathway, doctors can withdraw fluids and drugs from patients if they are deemed close to death. Many are then put on continuous sedation so they can die free of pain,” explains the Daily Mail. “But sedation can often mask signs of improvement, meaning doctors may be closing the door on people who would otherwise live for months.”
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
By: Ethan A. Huff
[NaturalNews] A controversial end-of-life care program that was allegedly designed to improve “quality of dying” for terminally ill patients in the U.K. is being widely abused as a form of back-door euthanasia, says a prominent doctor and professor. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports that the program, known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), is now responsible for killing off at least 130,000 patients in the U.K. National Health Service (NHS) every single year.
LCP was developed, at least on the surface, as a way for hospitals to help dying patients pass on with dignity, and without pain. The idea is that, should a nurse or doctor suspect that a patient only has hours or days to live, LCP can be implemented to slowly sedate the patient and gradually kill him. Because a steady stream of morphine or other powerful painkiller is being administered the whole time, the patient allegedly dies in a much more pleasant state than if left to the normal dying process.
Is LCP a legal cover for ‘death panels?’
But many healthcare practitioners have apparently been improperly assessing patients as being terminally ill, and summoning them to early death based on illegitimate, third-party opinion. Such patients may simply be troublesome for hospital staff, for instance, or merely taking up an extra bed, which prompts the careless or even sinister implementation of LCP on patients that may have gone on to live otherwise healthy lives if they had been allowed to recover.
Professor Patrick Pullicino, a consultant neurologist at East Kent Hospitals and Professor Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, says he has personally witnessed the LCP program, which claims to be a “care pathway,” be used to deliberately kill patients that were not terminally ill. Pullicino says he personally saved the life of one 71-year-old man who had already been put on the LCP program — the man, who Pullicino had to work very hard to get off LCP, ended up living another 14 months.
“The lack of evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) makes it an assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway,” says Pullicino. “Very likely many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP. Patients are frequently put on the pathway without a proper analysis of their condition. Predicting death in a time frame of three to four days, or even at any other specific time, is not possible scientifically.”
Centralized healthcare further empowers doctors to assume the role of fate
The fact that it is not scientifically possible to determine how much time a patient has left to live calls into question whether or not LCP, or programs like it, are ever appropriate in any patient situation. There really is no way for any individual to truly know the death timeline of another person, after all, as someone who appears gravely ill could eventually recover, while a healthy-looking person could drop dead at any moment.
These are situations where the final life or death decision should be left up to fate, not man. And yet man-made “death panel” programs like LCP are the only logical endgame of government-run healthcare programs, which also includes Obamacare in America. Centralized, government-run healthcare systems by nature degrade individual human lives into nothing more than fluid economic factors that are assessed and valued solely on their utility rather than on their intrinsic worth as human beings.