The NHS is cruel and operates death panels in an increasingly overt manner;
Last night, as she has done every night for the past eight months, May James visited her husband in hospital and asked him how he was. Despite the fact he breathes via a ventilator and, since undergoing a tracheotomy (the surgical opening of an airway in the neck), can speak only in a whisper or mouth the words, his response was typically cheery. ‘Smashing,’ he said. Poignant enough, you may think. But recently David’s determined positivity has taken on a particularly heartbreaking resonance, given that his family — May, his wife of 50 years, and their children Julie, 48, David, 45, and Paul, 37 — believe he may have just days to live. For three days before Christmas, the hospital trust treating the retired musician won a landmark legal case that ruled they could withhold treatment if his condition deteriorates. His family, who have fought the hospital in the courts every step of the way, believe David has been handed a barbaric death sentence. ‘It’s legalised murder,’ says Julie, a civil servant.
It’s socialised medicine and Americans better get used to the idea because this is what happens when you pretend that healthcare can be “free”!