The NHS is the sacred totem that lies at the heart of modern British politics. All political parties genuflect to it and outdo each other in terms of how much more of our taxes they can lavish upon it. But what are we to make of stories such as this which make it clear that killing patients is “part and parcel” of NHS practices?
Last week Dr Jane Barton was found to be responsible for a culture of dishing out powerful opiates at the Gosport War Memorial hospital in Hampshire, after a government report said more than 450 people had their lives shortened.
“450 had their lives shortened”? Oh, is that the new media euphemism for killing patients who medics deem past their sell by date? Were the family consulted in this decision to bring the lives of their family members to an abrupt end? No. Was there transparency in making this approach to ending life available to all those concerned? No. Here are just a few of the many whose lives were terminated under the death culture overseen by Dr. Barton.
Dr Barton has now retired and enjoys her generous NHS pension.
Yes I accept these patients were mostly elderly, and frail, and in pain. Yes I accept that it is very challenging for any Doctor when faced with making critical decisions about them. But when a conscious decision is made to terminate the lives of patients, and when this decision is hidden from family relatives, then this is a step too far and an abrogation of the fundamental medical obligation Primum non nocere – first, do no harm.
Dr Barton is no Mother Theresa, she is more like an Angel of death.
This is NOT a one-off situation. There is a pattern here. Am I alone in remembering what happened to those poor patients who had the misfortune to Mid Staffs hospital?
1200 needless deaths. In one hospital trust. No one to blame. Move along. “It’s the envy of the world” – parrot the NHS shills.
Look at it from a broader National perspective.
Forty thousand patients die every year as a result of mistakes by NHS staff, a report has claimed. Half this figure could be easily prevented by tougher safety procedures, according to senior Tory MP David Davis, chairman of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee. The respected former minister published a 35-page report, highlighting a dossier by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Liam Donaldson which catalogues around 850,000 ‘adverse events’ – or errors – in the NHS each year.
40,000 lives. Taken needlessly. 40,000 families plunged into grief by the feckless actions of some NHS staff. And yet we are not allowed to debate this such is the obession with our “wonderful NHS”
Here’s another significant statistic.
The annual cost to the NHS in England of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors and is expected to double by 2023, according to the Medical Protection Society. Further increases in the £1.5bn bill will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, the organisation has warned in a report.
£1.5 BILLION of your taxes each year go to settle medical incompetence. Yes, I fully accept that a litigious modern culture does play a role in this but the truth is that there is widespread malpractise permeating th NHS and this is rarely discussed, let alone dealt with.
On September 11th 2001, Islamist terrorists took the lives of almost 3000 innocent people. Each year, the NHS routinely takes the lives of many many more than this, and yet we are told it is the most desirable health care system in the world and that we must keep coughing up more and more in taxes to fund it. I wonder if the next of kin of its many victims join in the jubilation? Some argue that rather than a National Health Service we have a National Death Service and in the aftermath of the Gosford War Memorial Hospital revelations, I can fully understand why. It’s time hard questions were asked and fundamental reform implemented.