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Government Health Care Kills More Brits Than Guns Kill Americans

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 29, 2012 @ 8:07 pm In The Point | 21 Comments


In 2011, 8,583 Americans were killed [2]with firearms. Meanwhile in the UK, the National Health Service is killing 1,000 people a month or 12,000 a year [3].

We’re not talking natural or inevitable deaths, but preventable deaths that were caused by an overburdened and poorly managed health care system.

The study found that something went wrong with the care of 13 per cent of the patients who died in hospitals. An error only led to a death in 5.2 per cent of these cases, which was the equivalent to nearly 12,000 preventable deaths in hospitals in England every year.

13 percent and 5 percent of deaths are far [4] higher numbers than anything you will find among gun owners. And here’s what that looks like [5].

The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that 43 people who starved to death, 287 people were recorded by doctors as being malnourished when they died in hospitals;

there were 558 cases where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in hospitals

21,696 hospital patients and 1,100 care home residents were suffering from the blood poisoning when they died.

In July, an inquest heard that a young man who died of dehydration at a leading hospital rang 999 for police because he was so thirsty.

And some of this is actually Murder for Pay [6]

Figures disclosed to a newspaper shows that in some cases, hospitals have been set targets that between a third and two thirds of all the deaths should be on the LCP pathway.

It was estimated that at least £30 miillion in extra money from taxpayers had been handed to hospitals over the last three years to achieve the goals

LCP, which involves patients being sedated and most being denied nutrition and fluids by tube, is thought to be used in more than 100,000 cases a year.

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust revealed through a Freedom of Information request that in the financial year ending in March, the percentage of patients who died on the pathway was “43% against a target of 35%”. Over the year it received £308,000 for achieving “goals involving the Liverpool Care Pathway”.

Perhaps instead of calling for gun control, we should be calling for gov health control before this nightmare comes here.

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[2] 8,583 Americans were killed : https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/284701229001605120

[3] or 12,000 a year: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9396739/Poor-hospital-care-needlessly-killing-1000-NHS-patients-a-month.html

[4] 5 percent of deaths are far: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9591814/Patients-starve-and-die-of-thirst-on-hospital-wards.html

[5] here’s what that looks like: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9769958/Pensioner-died-in-short-staffed-hospital-unit-after-nurses-failed-to-check-wounds-for-two-weeks.html

[6] of this is actually Murder for Pay: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9634915/Hospitals-paid-millions-to-put-patients-on-death-pathway.html

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