UK - Death Pathways coming to America?

Do you want to see what healthcare will look like if Obama and D.C. have their way?  Take a look at the U.K.  Liberals always want to look to failed european policies for guidance.  Well, take a good look at the health care the British government has inflicted on their people.

From Telegraph dot co dot uk: Sentenced to death on NHS

Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away .

Where have we heard that before?

But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warn.

As a result the scheme is causing a “national crisis” in patient care, the letter states. It has been signed palliative care experts including Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, Dr Peter Hargreaves, a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, and four others.

The warning comes just a week after a report by the Patients Association estimated that up to one million patients had received poor or cruel care on the NHS.

Of course, the good intentions have to be considered.

The scheme, called the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), was designed to reduce patient suffering in their final hours.

Dr Peter Hargreaves, a 20 year practitioner of “palliative medicine” (hospice like medicine?) is concerned that a “near death” diagnosis in Britain is becoming a self fulfilling prophecy.

He said: “I have been practising palliative medicine for more than 20 years and I am getting more concerned about this “death pathway” that is coming in.

“It is supposed to let people die with dignity but it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“Patients who are allowed to become dehydrated and then become confused can be wrongly put on this pathway.”

He added: “What they are trying to do is stop people being overtreated as they are dying.

At least everyone in the U.K. has health insurance.

God help us