Obviously, that’s the most inflammatory way of writing this story:
They suggest that about 85 per cent of trusts have now adopted the regime, which can involve the removal of hydration and nutrition from dying patients.
At many hospitals more than 50 per cent of all patients who died had been placed on the pathway and in one case the proportion of forseeable deaths on the pathway was almost nine out of 10.
I get the DNR bit. I even get the not strive officiously bit. But the idea that the NHS deliberately refuses 50 – 90% of dying people a glass of water horrifies. Yes, I know JohnB will be along in a moment to say it’s great. But this isn’t the easing of death, this is the causing of it in the name of “management”.
Yes, going out in a bliss of heroin is better than many other ways (and I think it’s even more vile that certain countries, yes, the US, we’re looking at you, are so absurd about the war on drugs that that isn’t possible) But think back to Ernie B and the lads after WWII. If you said to them, back then, that this NHS they were so proud of would in 60 years time, be starving half the population to death what would they have said to you?