Here in the States there’s been a “death panel” debate since before the Obamacare law was signed. Britain’s National Health Service seems to have taken it a step further. Not only is there the existence of a “death panel” choosing who needs to be put on an expedited path to the bright light, but some of the families aren’t even being told about it.

This from just across the pond:

Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are being placed on a “death pathway”, almost double the number just two years ago, a study published today shows.

Health service guidance states that doctors should discuss with relations whether or not their loved one is placed on the scheme which allows medical staff to withdraw fluid and drugs in a patient’s final days. In many cases this is not happening, an audit has found. As many as 2,500 families were not told that their loved ones had been put on the so-called Liverpool Care Pathway, the study disclosed.

In one hospital trust, doctors had conversations with fewer than half of families about the care of their loved one. In a quarter of hospital trusts, discussions were not held with one in three families.

File that under “coming soon to the US” if we can’t manage to repeal the Obamacare monstrosity. It’s not surprising. In a government-run system the good of the collective takes priority, and as a result the health of an individual is really none of the individual’s business.

And now it’s time for another episode of “When Life Imitates Monty Python”:

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12 Responses to “Government Health Care Part XXVI: Families Uninformed of ‘Death Pathway’ Determination”

  1. Dexter_Alarius on December 2nd, 2011 2:30 pm

    "Liverpool Care Pathway"?
    Is that some kind of veiled reference to being put in an organ donor pool?
    Clever.

  2. Doug on December 2nd, 2011 2:38 pm

    I keep imagining the logo for that particular "program" in some way features the Beatles walking across a street.

  3. clu seatoe on December 2nd, 2011 3:17 pm

    With a morphine drip to kill the pain as harvest season arrives.

    That bin for kidneys, that bin for hearts that one for large leg veins, reimplants go there, hear are your gloves, now get to work.

    It may not have been part of my jobs bill, but I’ve created an uptick in employment just the same.

    I need another term.

  4. Marshall_Will on December 2nd, 2011 3:31 pm

    Predictably, there's no 'outrage' from our Prog Counterparts From Across The Pond. They're in shock! This is where "the switch" comes in. This government that's effectively replaced your parents ( and The Family ) as primary decision maker:

    BUT provided well for you all these years, is now making all the decisions FOR you! And why not!? They've been there for you when your parents "could not provide for you" ( read taxed to death ) You owe your very existence to us!

    You filthy ingrateful buggers! D'oh blimey, what have we done!?

  5. Dexter_Alarius on December 2nd, 2011 3:34 pm

    You too can be "The Walrus".

  6. Pasadena Phil on December 2nd, 2011 4:06 pm

    Soylent green is just around the corner. Recycling is big in "green" circles.

  7. SignPainterGuy on December 2nd, 2011 4:26 pm

    I hope they get bone grinding down; I do so hate splinters in my food !

  8. Marshall_Will on December 2nd, 2011 4:41 pm

    I'll be honest, kind of torn on this one. Study after study shows that 60% of our Healthcare Expenditures come in the last 90 Days of Life. I guess that's to be expected.

    My sense has always been that HC by and large -should- be there to keep a nations *Workforce* healthy! Not to make sure some Prog/PEU private sector hater can live to collect retirement checks to 100 and beyond!

    OTOH my own mother had pancreatic cancer. Mom is no Marie Osmond ok? She smoked for years, drank while folding the laundry. She's had a full life. So when we got the news, she asked "Is it even 'worth' treating?" They said everything else was in perfect working order and there's no reason she shouldn't live another 10 years. ( That was 15 years ago! )

    She's still going strong and is head librarian outside of Tucson. None finer. So who's to say? Certainly not the Gubmint that's who!

  9. Hyperfobea on December 2nd, 2011 4:42 pm

    For those who are surprised, don't be.

    Nobody just woke up one day and discovered that it was the Dark Ages.

    The new barbarian, to loosely quote Robert Bork, has traded in his loincloth and club for a 3 piece suit and briefcase.

  10. Marshall_Will on December 2nd, 2011 5:16 pm

    But that doesn't mean to imply it would be 'imprudent' to brush up on the Geneva Bible or even the Bishop's [ version ]? You know, just in case.

  11. joyannaadams on December 2nd, 2011 5:25 pm

    Great Monty there Doug! That's about how it's going to be…

    "Bring out your dead! "

    Oh, you're not dead? That's the law sir. Go home and die, and hurry up, we have little immingrant mouths to feed!

  12. ReaganiteGOPer on December 2nd, 2011 8:17 pm

    I wonder if they've got a hatch in the floor that opens up under you when they pronounce your worn-out ass is not worth saving… not as far as the state is concerned, anyhoo

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