Why should fat people take precedence over the elderly in Britain’s NHS?

Cristina Odone
The Telegraph [UK]
26 March 2012

Even the most sentimental champions of the NHS recognise its dark side. Given that its Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has demanded a £20 billion efficiency saving [$32 billion US] if the NHS is to survive, and that demographic changes mean millions more elderly people will rely on its services (and space),  the NHS can only do one thing: ration.

If rationing is acceptable, though, scapegoating is not. And too much evidence points to the elderly being the scapegoats in the battle to save the NHS. As the Telegraph reports today, elderly patients are being denied the best cancer care. The figures are alarming: lack of treatment is contributing to 14,000 deaths a year among the over-75s. Men and women are dying prematurely each year because their diseases are diagnosed later and less likely to be operated on.

Already the elderly are short-changed when it comes to nurses’ time. Nurses in hospitals plead to being too busy to look after their charges decently, and so elderly patients frequently suffer dehydration, malnutrition and a lack of hygiene.

This treatment is cruel and unfair: age comes to us all, and is not the result of  lifestyle choices…

The article continues at The Telegraph.

H/T The Blacksphere on Facebook:

Socialized medicine leads to social engineering. Finite resources leads to rationing.

The same people here in the US who want to dictate what a ‘fair’ income should be for corporate executives, or what our ‘fair share’ of taxes should be, would then be telling us which group is deserving medical treatment over another.

Know who these people are? They’re the ones who can’t manage the freakin’ postal service.

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