Leave it to the Brits, with their wonderful sense of ‘understatement’, to give the expression ‘death by committee’ a very real and unpleasant meaning!
As slowly but surely becomes true of every ‘nationalized’ or ‘universal, government-run’ medical system, there is not enough ‘medicine’ (space, equipment, staff, meds…) to go serve everyone in Britain (once known as ‘Great Britain’ – now, they are too ‘politically correct’ to call themselves ‘Great’).
It would appear that British National Health Service has found a nifty new way to ration their medical care: kill the ‘old people’!
Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, was among a group of medical experts who wrote to the Telegraph warning that patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives.
Under NHS guidance introduced in a number of hospitals to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away.
But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warned in their letter.
So, if a patient is judged to be ‘ready’, all their medical care is taken away and they are euthanized. Simple – and it might just free up enough beds to get rid of those pesky statistics about babies being born in hospital hallways, or even toilets…even turning those horny women away seems to cause bad press.
In my never-humble-opinion, people in the UK are being denied medical care, universally, from ‘cradle to grave’!
So, how does this ‘death by committee’ work?
Well, there is this agency, NICE (National Institute of Coordinated Experiments…or was that National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence…or is there a difference?) which nicely approved this ‘ticker box’ form (you know, there are questions, boxes to ‘tick off’ and the number of ‘ticks’ and the spots they are in will ‘objectively’ determine next course of action). The ‘medical care team’ – and this team apparently MUST include A doctor…so, the rest are, presumably, administrators and bureaucrats – will ‘tick off’ the boxes.
Notice that this ‘medical care team’ does not include the patient, or any representatives, friends or family of the patient. This is purely to ensure the ‘ticks’ are made in an objective manner and no mushy sentimentality would come in the way of ‘efficiency’ and ‘excellence’. In other words, these ‘death committees’ (or ‘death boards, as they have also been called) only produce ‘professional ticks’!
If the ‘ticks’ add up a certain way, the patient gets taken off medicine, denied food and water (apparently, this happens even if the patient is able to feed him/her self), and given a ‘parting shot’ of drugs that kill him/her over the next 24 hours.
Attention is paid to every detail! For example, these drugs also conveniently sedate the patient as part of the killing process: so no protest is possible and any signs that the patient is getting better are masked. It’s ‘neater’ this way. Dead patients hardly ever complain, you know…
Now, now, there is no point getting all ticked off about it!
They have this form here, which proves that you were supposed to have died already, and you are just taking too long mucking about! So, it’s not like anyone can blame them, is it? They are just helping you do the right thing…
In conclusion, I’d like to leave you with this short documentary film: