Government Health Care Part XXVI: Families Uninformed of ‘Death Pathway’ Determination

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”: