In an ominous foreshadowing of what lies ahead for America under Obamacare, the British have recently been shocked to learn that “death pathways” for elderly patients who are deemed unworthy of treatment are also being used for sick children.
The UK’s health system is run by the National Health Service (NHS) and is funded mostly by taxes. Different “care pathways” are used to manage each patient’s health depending on the severity of illness. If the doctor decides that the patient’s condition is beyond treatable, and death is imminent, the patient is put on the “Liverpool Care Pathway for the dying patient” (LCP). The LCP functions much like hospice care here in the U.S. Its function is to keep patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible in their last hours of life. Nourishment is provided by tube, strong sedatives such as morphine are administered, and since treatment for their illness is halted, patients usually die within about 33 hours of being placed on the LCP. Nearly 30% of people who die in the hospital every year in the UK are people on the LCP. That’s about 130,000 people.
For years, people have been trying to sound the alarm that doctors are taking advantage of this particular care pathway by using it as a tool to euthanize thousands of elderly patients per year. According to Professor Pullicino, an English neurologist, many patients’ conditions are not properly analyzed prior to being placed on the LCP and are placed there simply to free up beds or to get rid of difficult-to-deal-with elderly patients. Many of these patients could have lived much longer if it weren’t for being put on the LCP prematurely.
Now, it’s being reported by the Daily Mail that newborn babies are also being put on “end-of-life” plans on the LCP. One doctor has even admitted killing ten babies in just one neonatal unit in a hospital:
“One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken.’ The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers. The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions. Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die, and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the NHS money.”
The unnamed doctor, who wrote in the BMJ about watching children die, described the case of one young couple whose child was born with severe defects and agreed to let doctors “put him on the pathway.”
“They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.
“Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think. … Parents and care teams are unprepared for the sometimes severe changes that they will witness in the child’s physical appearance as severe dehydration ensues.
“I know, as they cannot, the unique horror of witnessing a child become smaller and shrunken, as the only route out of a life that has become excruciating to the patient or to the parents who love their baby.”
The National Health Service has been sending children home from hospitals to die, with parents given a checklist of medicines and nutrients not to give their suffering child, because treating them under the government health system would bust the budget.
Pediatric Nurse Bernadette Lloyd wrote a letter to Department of Health complaining of the practice of doctors telling parents that the pathway is best for their child because caring for them is “futile.”
“The parents feel coerced, at a very traumatic time, into agreeing that this is correct for their child whom they are told by doctors has only a few days to live. It is very difficult to predict death. I have seen a reasonable number of children recover after being taken off the pathway. I have also seen children die in terrible thirst because fluids are withdrawn from them until they die.”
These sorts of monstrous programs are inevitable under government care.
When the Left and the mainstream media mocked Sarah Palin for blasting “death panels” hidden in the massive Obamacare legislation, most conservatives knew she was correct and that we were being lied to by the Administration and its cronies.
The only way a government medical system has of controlling costs is by limiting care, and it only stands to reason that the targets of this potentially fatal bean counting will be those who are among the weakest and most vulnerable — the elderly and children.
This is the future of Obamacare, and the recent re-election of President Obama guarantees this will be coming to a hospital near you as Obamacare takes root.
It’s one of many reasons it needs to be completely destroyed. It doesn’t need adjustment or tinkering around the edges. Obamacare needs to be euthanized and aborted.
The American culture has already accepted the practice of abortion as a woman’s right. We’ve already accepted the practice of euthanasia for elderly people when doctors decide that they’re “too far gone.” In the next several years, expect our culture to grow to accept infant euthanasia, which is nothing more than infanticide. Expect to hear more and more news stories of parents consenting to have their newborn babies “put out of their misery” when doctors tell them that their newborn child was born with an abnormality, a congenital condition, mental retardation or a genetic predisposition for some disease. Parents wouldn’t want the added responsibility of taking care of such a child, the doctors would just want to save money and free up beds, and the government would want to keep the population down to a “manageable” level. So, it would be a win-win-win situation for those involved.
This is headed our way. And it will be sold to Americans the same way abortion was sold to us. They’ll appeal to emotions and convince people that it has everything to do with protecting parents’ rights. And those who attempt to stand up for the newborn babies will be looked at as right-wing fanatics.