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  • Unable to guarantee medical care, the Quebec government turns to euthanasia

    02/15/2014 9:10:00 AM PST · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
    Unable to guarantee adequate medical care for its citizens, the Quebec Government is turning to euthanasia. The law would allow 14 year olds to refuse treatment without the consent of their parents. Also in the French version, other witnesses including Luc describe the potential abuses by politicians, hospital administrators, the medical profession and families in a money driven society where certain lives would be deemed less worthy to live because of financial pressures.
  • Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors....

    02/15/2014 8:59:41 AM PST · by Morgana · 34 replies
    mail online ^ | Damien Gayle
    FULL TITLE: Terminally sick children have been secretly given deadly overdoses by British doctors in illegal mercy killings, claims retired GP British doctors have secretly killed terminally sick children by giving them 'huge' overdoses of painkillers, it was claimed yesterday. Hours after Belgium became the first country in the world to allow the euthanasia of children, a retired GP suggested it was already happening, informally, in Britain. Dr Michael Irwin told an LBC Radio debate: 'It has happened in this country, very quietly. I know of one or two children over the last few years.'
  • Veterans dying because of health care delays

    01/31/2014 6:28:18 AM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Scott Bronstein, Nelli Black, and Drew Griffin
    U.S. veterans are dying because of delays in diagnosis and treatment at VA hospitals. At least 19 veterans have died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies, at various VA hospitals or clinics, CNN has learned. The new document obtained by CNN shows a worse problem than has previously been made public by the VA. As CNN has previously reported, as many as 7,000 veterans were on a backlog list -- waiting too long for colonscopies or endoscopies -- at VA facilities in Columbia, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.
  • Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is 'writing off' patients who are over 75

    01/25/2014 5:24:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/23/14 | Jenny Hope
    Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday. They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the worst in Europe. Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 per cent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts. But pensioners with the disease have 44 per cent less chance of survival. The figure for stomach cancer – at 45 per cent – is even worse.
  • Fears for the elderly under new NHS drugs policy (Coming Across the Pond)

    01/10/2014 6:18:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 9, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the health watchdog. Pharmaceutical firms on Thursday night warned that the move could lead to new medicines being denied to the elderly. A senior professor also said that the plans could threaten the well-being of older people and were “deeply suspect”, while charities questioned the ethics of the policy.
  • Social workers take children from families who overfeed them

    01/02/2014 9:36:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Express ^ | December 29, 2013 | Matthew Davis
    One child had a BMI measurement of 35, which for a six-foot man would mean weighing 19st. Britain's obesity epidemic, which sees NHS hospitals dealing with 1,000 cases every day, is a reversal of the traditional problem when children were undernourished. Increasingly social workers find youngsters being fed a high-fat, sugary diet, which can be just as bad for their health. The phenomenon is known as "killing with kindness" because the child craves the unhealthy food and a loving parent feels unable to say no. Professionals say they have to make complex decisions in care proceedings and a family's gross...
  • Obamacare Contractor Blamed for Slow Medicare Payments to Hospitals (Employees not being paid)

    01/02/2014 6:11:31 AM PST · by rawhide · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1-2-14 | By JERYL BIER
    The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks. Novitas Solutions is the federal government's new Medicare payment processor for the south-central region of the country hired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) ABC-KTRK in Houston reports: According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven't been paid in nearly a month. "I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills....
  • 12 Year old Girl with rare illness denied help by Tricare

    Twelve year old girl has brain tumor removed results in rare condition Tricare and Anthem, will not pay to treat.
  • What If No Doctor Will See You?

    12/14/2013 5:56:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    At this point we have no idea how many people will become newly insured under ObamaCare. For the first year out, the number of people with insurance may actually go down! But the administration's goal is to insure an additional 30 million people and eventually a lot of those people will acquire health plans. When they do, the economic studies predict that they will try to double their use of the health care system. Adding to this increased demand will be new mandated benefits. The administration never seems to tire of reminding seniors that they are entitled to a...
  • National Health SHAMBLES: Three damning reports describe mothers abandoned during labour

    12/13/2013 3:50:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | december 12, 2013 | sophie borland
    A quarter of new mothers said they were abandoned by their NHS midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of...
  • Many GP cancer referrals too slow, NHS England data suggests

    12/07/2013 6:24:16 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 7 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 12/7/13
    Thousands of people who go on to be diagnosed with cancer are not being referred to specialists quickly enough by GPs, NHS England figures suggest. Under NHS targets, 95% of people with suspected cancer should be seen by a specialist within two weeks. But the data indicates that this target was missed in more than half of the 4,000 GP surgeries sampled. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government was tackling the "unacceptable variation". NHS England said the figures were not a clear measure of performance, as some patients did not have obvious symptoms. National performance data allows patients to...
  • Lose Insurance Under Obamacare, Speak Up, IRS Audits You

    11/29/2013 6:36:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/29/2013 | Ethel C. Fenig
    It was tragic that Bill Elliot of South Carolina was stricken with cancer; reassuring that his excellent insurance covered his expensive but medically advanced treatment and he was doing well. And then came another tragedy--in the form of an elitist, totalitarian, Know It All Government, almost worse than the cancer. The Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, deemed Elliot's fine insurance policy unacceptable--probably because it didn't include maternity coverage--and offered him another policy with higher, "affordable" premiums that Elliot couldn't afford. As he told Megyn Kelly of Fox News, he didn't want to burden his family with the unaffordable affordable premiums so...
  • Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part I): A Poor State of Health!

    11/10/2013 9:18:21 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 4 replies
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | 8/20/2002 | Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D
    Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part I): A Poor State of Health! http://haciendapublishing.com/articles/socialized-medicine-cuba-2002-part-i-poor-state-health Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. Aug. 20, 2002 NewsMax.com Those who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero. But they should be! "ˇDengue! ­ La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro," the title of his book, is one they should read. But they won't! For one thing, most of the admirers of Cuba's Revolution and her socialized system of medical care don't speak or read...
  • The NHS has reached its crisis point (UK state healthcare)

    11/09/2013 11:39:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:04 EST, 9 November 2013 | Mail On Sunday Comment
    For more than 65 years the National Health Service has occupied a sainted position in British life. Even the most radical, right-leaning Governments have hesitated before embarking on reforms which could be characterized by opponents as “cuts”. In recent years, however, the halo has slipped dramatically. … Now, details from a secret report on Wexham Park Hospital have provided devastating confirmation. … The report highlights huge structural problems, with a top-heavy cadre of bureaucrats spending their time—and our money—feuding with each other, against a backdrop of deepening financial problems and a chronic bed shortage. Shockingly, we have also established that...
  • Do not take all your patients to hospital, paramedics told

    11/10/2013 1:45:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/10/2013 | Laura Donnelly
    Paramedics will be told to take fewer patients to hospital as part of radical reforms of the NHS to be unveiled this week. A review led by the NHS medical director will call for sweeping changes to ease pressure on Accident & Emergency (A&E) units, and is expected to conclude that up to half of 999 calls should result in patients receiving care at home. Amid a growing NHS crisis, Prof Sir Bruce Keogh will say that the total number of A&E departments should not be reduced — and may need to be expanded. However, his report is understood to...
  • Foreign NHS cheats push aside cancer patients: Fury as life-saving ops are canceled (UK)

    11/10/2013 1:48:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun, November 10, 2013 | Kirsty Buchanan
    Cancer surgery for legitimate patients is being canceled every week to make way for health tourists scamming the NHS. One of Britain’s most senior surgeons has condemned having to put bogus patients before those entitled to cancer care in a creaking health service. Professor J. Meirion Thomas has called on ministers to introduce a “NHS passport” to combat the abuse. “It is so easy to breach the system. It is awful for me as a doctor to have to treat someone I know is ineligible,” he said. Under NHS rules, any patient urgently referred by a GP for cancer surgery...
  • Pensioner left on end of life pathway for four days [begging for food & water]

    11/08/2013 4:08:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/8/2013 | Claire Carter
    The family of a pensioner who spent four days begging for food and water after he was placed on a controversial end-of-life programme have accused a hospital of treating him "like a dog". The family of Ron Jee claim the 80-year-old was put on a programme similar to the Liverpool Care Pathway. This involves the withdrawal of food, fluids and medication for terminally ill patients who often die within hours of being put on it. But they say he was treated like a dog after he spent four days on the end of life pathway when doctors said his condition...
  • Hospital was warned about cancer waiting list fiddling two years ago [Britain's NHS]

    11/07/2013 1:37:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | November 7, 2013 | Laura Donnelly and Hayley Dixon
    Two junior clerical workers say they told NHS managers that they were being ordered to falsify data, so that it seemed that patients were being treated far more quickly than was the case. Police are considering whether to launch a criminal investigation after regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found evidence that staff were put under pressure to falsify data, leaving some patients waiting up to four months for urgent treatment. The chief inspector of hospitals has said lives may have been risked by “shocking” decisions taken at Colchester Hospital University Foundation trust to delay crucial treatment for cancer patients,...
  • The Chronology of the Obamacare Lie

    11/07/2013 4:54:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | 11-6-13 | Kevin Jackson
    Americans have heard Obama pedantically touting his signature piece of legislation, his legacy — aka Obamacare — for over 4 years. What began as a firm promise, “If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan” has morphed to a conditional assurance, “if you have, or had one of these plans, before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really liked that plan…what we said was, you could keep it IF it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.”
  • Venezuelan health care system collapsing--The perils of government-run health care.

    11/06/2013 10:14:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:41 am on November 6, 2013 | by Steve Eggleston
    The Associated Press ran a surprisingly scathing look at the current state of health care in Venezuela, In a word, the whole system, and especially the parts run by the government as part of a 1999 constitutional mandate to provide “free” universal health care, is collapsing: Driving the crisis in health care are the same forces that have left Venezuelans scrambling to find toilet paper, milk and automobile parts. Economists blame government mismanagement and currency controls set by the late President Hugo Chavez for inflation pushing 50 percent annually. The government controls the dollars needed to buy medical supplies and...
  • New NHS chief could bring in paid-for, ‘America-type’ healthcare, warns union head

    10/24/2013 2:40:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/24/2013 | Theo Merz
    The NHS could become an American-style service paid for through insurance contributions following the appointment of a new chief executive, the head of health at the country's largest union has suggested. Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health, made the comments after Simon Stevens - a former advisor to Tony Blair who is currently an executive for a US private healthcare firm - was announced as the next head of the organisation. She said she was “concerned” about what the move could mean. “Is this the Tory and Lib Dem Government hoping to import America-type values into the NHS, a sort...
  • The NHS makes people unhealthy, says rock legend Roger Daltrey

    10/21/2013 10:10:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/21/13 | Miranda Prynne
    Rock legend Roger Daltrey has questioned the effectiveness of the NHS claiming it encourages people to lead unhealthy lives because they know they will get free treatment. The Who frontman, who at 69 is still a picture of good health, said offering state-run free healthcare meant people did not bother looking after themselves. He said: “We have this free NHS, which makes us take our health for granted and means we don’t take responsibility for looking after ourselves. “Most illnesses people suffer from are because of their lifestyles.” His comments came just days after Labour peer Lord Warner’s dire warning
  • Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital

    10/14/2013 7:12:58 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 29 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10/13/2013 | staff
    A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital. Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.
  • Revealed: NHS hospital kitchens overrun by mice and cockroaches—how 3 in 4 break food hygiene rules

    10/13/2013 10:53:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 09:17 EST, 13 October 2013 | Rob Cooper
    Hundreds of hospital kitchens across the country are dirty, have cockroach and mice infestations or are stocking out-of-date food, a MailOnline investigation has revealed. Inspectors found that three-quarters of kitchens are flouting basic food hygiene rules while nearly a third were not properly cleaned. Six NHS hospitals had mice, two had rats, five had cockroaches and another hospital had an unspecified problem with “pests”. … An analysis of 769 environmental health inspection reports revealed that 581 hospitals across Britain are breaking the rules. …
  • London hospitals are at breaking point, chief says

    10/13/2013 8:36:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Press TV ^ | October 13, 2013
    Andy Mitchell, medical director for National Health Service (NHS) England in London said, “At times, throughout the week, even throughout the day, services aren’t safe”. Mitchell’s admission comes after the NHS Confederation said the service will soon be “unsustainable” if radical reforms are not presented before the next general election. The top health officials said the NHS is currently facing "the most challenging period in its 65-year existence,” and that the service might not be able to provide free health care for all patients any more. “Demand continues to rise, drugs cost more, and NHS inflation is higher than general...
  • Future of Obamacare? UK Man Waits Six Hours for Care as Virus Kills Him

    06/03/2013 7:15:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | 6/3/13 | Steven Ertelt
    With the implementation of Obamacare in full-swing, Americans are worried about the prospects of government-run health care. To see the damage centralized health care can do to patients, Americans need only look “across the pond” to England. There, the British government-run health care system — which pays for abortions with taxpayer funds and has been criticized for pushing euthanasia — is literally leaving patients needing lifesaving medical treatment to die. The London Daily Mail newspaper profiles Stewart Fleming, whose wife Sarah took a picture on her smartphone as he waited six agonizing hours for medical care and attention for a...
  • Euthanasia by the back door: Hospitals 'death pathway' is open to error (UK's NHS)

    06/02/2013 7:16:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03 September 2009 | Daniel Martin
    Terminally ill patients are dying prematurely because of a controversial 'death pathway' being followed by NHS doctors. Medical experts have warned some patients are being wrongly labelled as close to dying when they still have months to live. They say the system used by the Health Service and many care homes could amount to 'backdoor euthanasia'. Under the Liverpool Care Pathway, doctors can withdraw fluids and drugs from patients if they are deemed close to death. Many are then put on continuous sedation so they die free of pain. But sedation can often mask signs of improvement, meaning doctors may...
  • Nearly 1,200 people have starved to death in NHS hospitals

    03/27/2013 8:08:00 PM PDT · by detective · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2013 | Tara Brady
    As many as 1,165 people starved to death in NHS hospitals over the past four years fuelling claims nurses are too busy to feed their patients. The Department of Health branded the figures 'unacceptable' and said the number of unannounced inspections by the care watchdog will increase. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics following a Freedom of Information request, for every patient who dies from malnutrition, four more have dehydration mentioned on their death certificate.
  • New Japanese finance minister says elderly should 'hurry up and die'

    01/22/2013 9:33:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/22/2013 | Rick Moran
    The minister, Taro Aso, is only saying out loud what many government officials in countries with nationalized health care are thinking: people are getting older, living longer, and becoming a drain on our national budgets. From the Guardian: ******** Japan's new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens of millions of voters by suggesting that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country's finances. Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state...
  • Cut state funding to terminal patients so they "can die quickly"

    01/21/2013 8:37:27 PM PST · by Rabin · 43 replies
    japantimes ^ | Jan. 22, 2013 | REIJI YOSHIDA
    Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso... on social security reforms, "the medical system should be changed so that the many terminal patients now using government money for expensive treatment, can quickly pass away. Such patients can keep living even if they wish to die...
  • Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens hospitals refuse to hand out treaments

    01/13/2013 9:51:24 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year. The report - commissioned by the Department of Health - also reveals that many hospitals are failing to prescribe the latest treatments for heart attacks, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. In fact some of...
  • life extending cancer drugs ´rationed by postcode´: dozens of hospitals refuse to hand

    01/11/2013 10:17:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/13 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year.
  • NHS scandal: Up to 1,200 patients ‘died needlessly’ at British hospital

    01/08/2013 9:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Guy Benson
    Since Ed and I have each written about the latest round of Obamacare-exacerbated premium hikes, let’s check in on Britain’s single-payer system, which many American liberals fetishize: An official inquiry into failings at [Stafford] hospital, where between 400 and 1,200 patients died needlessly due to a catalogue of failings and appalling standards of care, is due to be published later this month. The report is expected to blame managers who cut costs and reduced staffing levels in an attempt to hit "efficiency" targets and win foundation status. Before taking control of the health service, Sir David ran the health authority...
  • Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under Obamacare

    01/07/2013 5:55:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax Health ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 4:56 PM | Nick Tate
    If it feels like you’re spending more time in the waiting room of your doctor’s office these days, it’s not your imagination. Family doctors are busier than ever. For many people, it is becoming difficult to even find a doctor, say experts who blame Obamacare for accelerating the nation’s doctor shortage. … What’s driving the trend, health experts say, is the nation’s growing population of older Americans using more healthcare resources. At the same time, as many as 1 in 3 practicing physicians are nearing retirement age. What’s more, the addition of some 30 million patients newly covered by insurance—as...
  • 60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told but minister still says controversial...

    12/30/2012 7:25:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    mailonline ^ | 12.30.2012 | Jason Groves, Daniel Martin and Steve Doughty
    FULL TITLE: 60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told but minister still says controversial end-of-life plan is 'fantastic' 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’. Outcry: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt provoked outrage by saying the death pathway was a 'fantastic step forward' In comments that appeared to prejudge an official inquiry into...
  • Socialized Medicine Doing BLOODY GREAT in the UK: 'Hospitals... Bursting'- 'Danger Level'- 'Deaths'

    12/03/2012 8:55:48 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Much like the Greek debt crisis offered a glimpse of that fiscal day-of-reckoning 'Obama bucks' America is soon to face, the UK's  ever-ailing National Health Service -a 60-year-old system of socialized medicine known as the NHS- provides Americans a useful preview of all the expensive, unnecessary disasters our own Obamacare will soon be bringing on this side of the pond. And the prognosis?  Hope you're sitting down... The Guardian (UK): Senior doctors warned that the findings reflected their increasingly frantic efforts to find beds for the growing number of emergency admissions and that repeated breaches of the 85% (capacity) limit meant...
  • UK doctor testifies that under socialized medicine, sick babies are sent home to die

    12/02/2012 6:02:45 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/30/2012 | Jessica Stanton
    A British physician’s disturbing testimony is shedding light on the increasingly common practice of National Health Service (NHS) hospitals sending sick or severely disabled newborn babies home or to hospices to die of starvation or dehydration.Newborn babies are being being placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway for end-of-life care, a system originally allotted and designed for elderly or terminally ill adults. That end-of-life care involves the removal of food and fluid tubes, a method which can take an average of ten days to result in death.The Daily Mail reports an investigation is being launched to determine “whether cash payments...
  • The Sadistic Brutality of England’s Government-Run Healthcare

    12/02/2012 7:23:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not easily grossed out or nauseated. Heck, I’m on email lists for a half-dozen softball teams and you can only imagine the strange/filthy/nasty things that guys send to each other. But I read a story about the death panels in the United Kingdom that left me discombobulated. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel.Here’s the intro of a disturbing report in the Daily Mail.Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’. Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved...
  • Woman Wakes Up As Doctors Ready to Harvest Her Organs (Video-Denmark)

    11/20/2012 7:27:02 PM PST · by virgil283 · 7 replies
    "Her family was told she was brain dead..... Now she’s back at home cooking dinner with her family....The world of organ donation in Denmark is in turmoil. A documentary was aired earlier this month which showed family members reacting in anguish to the news that their 19-year-old daughter was brain dead after a car accident, agreeing to donate her organs and allowing doctors to turn off her respirator.....“But we made a mistake underway and made the family believe that their daughter and sister would die.”....The hospital acknowledged that the question of organ donation should not have been raised as there...
  • UK: NHS [socialized medicine] patients get 'unacceptable' care from nursing assistants

    11/05/2012 1:25:40 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2012 | Nick Collins
    NHS patients are receiving an "unacceptable" level of care from a growing army of unqualified healthcare assistants, who have taken over nursing roles on wards and in care homes, an independent commission warns. Basic tasks which were once the job of trained nurses are being carried out by more than 50,000 low-paid and unregulated assistants due to budget cuts and growing demands on nurses' time. Putting vulnerable patients in the care of well-meaning but "unreliable" nursing assistants raises "serious concerns about public protection", a commission led by Lord Willis of Knaresborough, the Liberal Democrat peer, says in a report published...
  • Doctors told to try and talk women giving birth out of having epidurals to save NHS money

    08/31/2012 6:03:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 31, 2012 | Sophie Borland
    Family doctors are being told to try to talk women out of having Caesareans and very strong painkillers during birth to save the NHS money. New guidelines drawn up for GPs urge them to encourage women to have natural labours with as little medical help as possible. But for many women the prospect of giving birth without the painkillers is unthinkable. And critics have said the move has been made without any thought for the women themselves. The guidelines also remind doctors to tell women to consider having their babies outside hospital in midwife-run units or in their own homes.
  • The Lancet proves euthanasia deaths are rising in The Netherlands

    07/18/2012 2:41:33 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 7 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/17/12 | Alex Schadenberg
    The long awaited 2010 nationwide examination of the euthanasia law in the Netherlands was published in The Lancet on July 11, 2012. The study found that: * the number of euthanasia deaths has grown significantly since 2005 (4050 in 2010, 2425 in 2005) * the under-reporting of euthanasia in the Netherlands has grown since 2005 (23% in 2010, 20% in 2005) * there is a growth in deaths by terminal sedation (12.3% in 2010, 8.2% in 2005) * the percentage of requests for euthanasia being fulfilled has increased (45% in 2010, 37% in 2005) * the number of deaths without...
  • Doctors 'Should Accept Pay Cut Or Be Sacked' [UK]

    07/15/2012 9:32:50 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    Sky News ^ | 15 July 2012
    Thousands of doctors and nurses may be sacked unless they agree to drastic changes to their pay and conditions as hospitals strive to make billions of pounds worth of savings, it has been claimed. NHS bosses have suggested terminating all staff contracts and reoffering them on different terms, according to a leaked document obtained by The Sunday Times. New terms could include pay cuts of up to 5%, an end to overtime for nights, weekends and bank holidays, and reduced holiday leave, the newspaper said.
  • Report: Thousands fled Canada for health care in 2011

    07/11/2012 12:43:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/11/12 | Michael Bastasch
    A Canadian study released Wednesday found that many provinces in our neighbor to the North have seen patients fleeing the country and opting for medical treatment in the United States. The nonpartisan Fraser Institute reported that 46,159 Canadians sought medical treatment outside of Canada in 2011, as wait times increased 104 percent — more than double — compared with statistics from 1993. Specialist physicians surveyed across 12 specialties and 10 provinces reported an average total wait time of 19 weeks between the time a general practitioner refers a patient and the time a specialist provides elective treatment — the longest...
  • Major cancer treatment shortage will lead to bladder removals (UK)

    07/11/2012 9:14:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/11/12 | Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent
    Supplies of a type of BCG used to treat bladder cancer have been completely halted due to a flood at a factory in Canada. The bacterium, which stimulates the immune system to fight cancer, is used on about 6,000 patients a year. In more than half of them it can stop cancer spreading almost indefinitely. But Sanofi Pastuer, which makes the most widely-used product, called Immunocyst, does not expect production to restart before late 2013, according to a letter to doctors from Professor Sir Mike Richards, the NHS cancer ‘csar’. He warned it was now “almost inevitable” that patients would...