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THE INSTITUTIONALISED NEGLECT

By David Vance On October 8th, 2011

If this was the private sector, people would be sacked. But because it is the State – and the NHS in particular – ho hum, nothing will be done.

Nearly half of NHS hospitals visited by undercover inspectors are failing to meet basic nutrition standards, a damning report has warned. Elderly patients are routinely left without anything to drink for hours, with some so dehydrated they are being put on drips. Other patients found themselves regularly being fed by their relatives because nursing staff were too busy to help. Other concerns highlighted included hospitals slipping Do Not Resuscitate orders inside patients’ notes without telling them or their families.

The envy of the world? Tell it to the next of kin…

2 Responses to “THE INSTITUTIONALISED NEGLECT”

  1. Socialised medicine is the deadliest killer known to mankind.

    Too bad George Bush didn’t put the NHS on the WMD list.

  2. Other concerns highlighted included hospitals slipping Do Not Resuscitate orders inside patients’ notes without telling them or their families.

    Incentives matter.

    When a firm makes a profit keeping you alive it will keep you alive. When you are a drain on the budget – “Do Not Resuscitate”, because you are a drain on the budget.

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