The PJ Tatler

Misadventures in Nationally Socialized Health Care

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the ObamaCare case today. Here’s to hoping they’re also paying attention to headlines coming out of the British health care system.

Woman died after Muslim nurse refused help as he was praying. Islam may be the most rigidly legalistic religion ever devised. Here, it seems, a nurse who happened to be Muslim, coupled with multi-culti respect for that which has not earned such, led to a woman’s death. The nurse’s respect for non-Muslim life is matched by his respect for the country’s non-Muslim laws.

Carer Zoe Shaw told the Sheffield hearing: “It took between five and ten minutes because he was praying upstairs in the office on his prayer mat. A staff member told me we had to wait for him to finish.”

An ambulance was not called for nearly four hours after Mrs Griffiths fell from bed and cut her head and suffered a gash to her hip at the privately-run Valley Park Nursing Home in Wombwell, near Barnsley.

She died later in hospital. Mr Bhutto failed to appear at the inquest and a summons had to be issued for him to attend the resumed hearing later in the year.

Elderly dying due to “despicable age discrimination in NHS.” ObamaCare’s IPAB may take lessons from the NHS:

Deaths from cancer are reducing in most age groups but at a slower rate in those aged 74 to 84 and are increasing in people aged 85 and over, the report said.

The report, The Age Old Excuse: the under treatment of older cancer patients, said treatment options are too often recommended on the basis of age rather than how fit the patient is.

Professor Riccardo Audisio, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at St Helens Hospital, said: “It is despicable to neglect, not to offer, not to even go near to the best treatment option only on the simple basis of the patient’s age.

“This has been a horrible mistake that, particularly in the UK, we have suffered from.”

As one lovely commenter on that story noted:

The NHS is not a bottomless pit where money flows freely. I doubt whether all the elderly want to be around anyway. They receive treatment only to return to a lonely house where no one visits, except a council care worker. And we all know how they must look forward to that.

That comment is one of several that turn questions of life and death into answers over pennies and pounds. When health care is just another government program, it’s just another government program.


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