Coming soon to America – Secret Death Panels

The worries about Liverpool Care Pathway arise from reports that it is sometimes invoked without informing either the patient or family. (Photo: Alamy)

In December a national audit found that half of dying patients placed on the controversial “Liverpool Care Pathway” are never told that life-saving treatment has been withdrawn. Each year 57,000 patients die without being told life-saving treatments have been stopped. And For 22 per cent of these patients, there was no evidence that comfort and safety had been maintained while medication was administered.

And, it’s not just the patients who are in the dark. A third of families are also not told when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.
BizzyBlog reported:

The latest news about the pathway has drawn the attention of a few prolife blogs in the U.S., but almost no attention from U.S. establishment press sources.

That’s stunnning, given both the seriousness of the news about the pathway’s real-world effects, and the reactions of those who insist that it’s still a great thing in their brave new healthcare world. A UK Daily mail item on December 30 summarized the extent of the horror in three succinct sentences:

Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday.

A third of families are also kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.

Despite the revelations, Jeremy Hunt last night claimed the pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’.

 

 

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  1. Piers Morgan had no comment.

  2. Between abortion and national healthcare, the leftists should be able to eliminate the US inside of one hundred years.

  3. Similar to Barack Hussein Obama pushing the poor old lady down the cliff because of fiscal cliff. That’s what Socialism wants to reduce useless old people dependent to keep them alive.

  4. Become poorest compared the population of the World and losing source of wisdom from respected elderly easily govern by foolish and ignorent Union, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and Mafia style Mexican Drug Cartels.

  5. This is what state controlled “healthcare” ultimately looks like. Plenty of Obots are just fine with it.

  6. In Great Britain you can get all the private healthcare you want if you can pay for it. These 57,000 people are just poor and can’t afford anything more than the safety net the state offers.

  7. It happens plenty in the US, as well. Doctors bully families to agree to terminate life support & extended medical care prematurely, taking advantage of the families’ dependence on the doctors’ medical knowledge. Often the hospitals just want to free the bed for the next patient…another hospital science project, to many of the doctors who consider patients a mere nuisance.

  8. To me “life saving treatment” is treatment that is expected to result in the patient recovering and leaving the hospital. If the facts of the patient’s condition are that the patient is not going to recover then they stop treatment that is just prolonging (the discomfort of ) the dying process. I am not convinced that what is being done is morally wrong.

  9. Will Mr. Hunt rethink his position when he’s on the path way?

  10. The health system in the UK is an abomination. GP’s are now drawing up their hit lists! This “campaign” has a name – The Find Your 1% campaign – (identify your patients that are on their “last legs”) – it is calculated and chilling and they are twisting it to make it sound like they CARE that you have a “good DEATH” – what about a good LIFE, and the care and preservation of LIFE?! People that are a little more frail, and often actually have no illness or disease, are being picked off by the vultures of our “wonderful” NHS. The Liverpool Care Pathway is another one of these sordid plans with the intention of taking life, often prematurely, and should be renamed “LICENCE TO KILL”. Please read this petition and support it if you can – http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/LiverpoolCarePathway-ANationalScandal/

  11. To think that Sarah Palin was mocked about this very thing!

    See O voters? This travesty is next just wait!

  12. @vicky
    Sadly, we may never know motive of the doctors, the factors affecting decision made by doctor, patients and their family members for every case of terminating life support Seems they the doctors weren’t upholding the Hippocratic Oath.

  13. This is what happens when you allow white Poofers to run your country.

  14. Why didn’t I think of that idea!

    It’s a great way of disposing of the old people! What a great vote buying scam!

    It could be packaged to my dole dependent voters on the premise that killing their old family members would increase the size of their EBT card payments!

    The savings to SSI and Medicare would be huge! And, my voter base would grow larger!

    I could switch my “end-of-life” counseling from the actually old person and give the “end-of-life decision” to my progressive supporters!

    “If you commit your Old Mother to an 0bamaCare Pathway to Death Center and YOU will get larger EBT cards” – to spend on booze, weed and campaign donations!

    I’ll ask my young progressive supporters to sign a simple statement for their elderly parents facilitating death by dehydration in the nearest 0bama Pathway to Death Facility!

    Who needs the signature of actual Old People whose ashes will be put into a brass bottle? Their progressive children can do it for them!

    The same could be done for children! Even more savings and bigger EBT cards!

    I would have to adjust my medicine show pitch. I would highlight the horrible cost of keeping Down’s syndrome Davie or Hyper Active Annie alive! That money could converted into higher EBT cards for You!

    My enormous black limo is run out of fuel and David Axelrod has a new scam for my younger donors. It involves shifting my talents from kill jobs to kill people!

    My talking points will be “How to increase your monthly EBT card amount by decreasing the number of Old People.” With the MSM’s help it can work! I cannot answer any more questions. Good day.

  15. @colint:

    I suspect life saving treatment in this case involves hydration and nutrition. I’d be curious to know who you think has the moral authority to make these decisions for a human being.

  16. Yes… the non-existent members of the non-existent death panels which is not composed of politically-appointed Gov’t Bureaucrats absolutely did not in any way tell any of those doctors to withhold any treatments that would have extended the lives of any of their patients. IT JUST DID NOT HAPPEN!!

  17. #18,
    What’s preventing them from going elsewhere for the treatment they want?

  18. In the telegraph article referenced it clearly says that the study only looked at the conscious aware patients. So that nearly 57k patients were ones aware and able to make a decision about the procedure and never consulted. These were not brain dead people being left to die, these were elderly they removed food and water and medication from before giving them massive doses of other drugs to help them along. I’m sorry this is a form of murder, slow murder as the report says that it takes an average of 29 hours once they put you on it to die.



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