1,165 People Starved to Death in British Hospitals Under National Health Care

That’s starved accidentally, rather than starved on purpose by means of official euthanasia. Those murdered patients would have to be counted up separately.

The trouble with universal health care access is that access doesn’t mean treatment. Sometimes it means dying in bed while the nursing staff texts their friends or is just too busy with other patients.

As many as 1,165 people starved to death in NHS hospitals over the past four years fuelling claims nurses are too busy to feed their patients.

The Department of Health branded the figures ‘unacceptable’ and said the number of unannounced inspections by the care watchdog will increase.

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics following a Freedom of Information request, for every patient who dies from malnutrition, four more have dehydration mentioned on their death certificate.

Critics say nurses are too busy to feed patients and often food and drink are placed out of reach of vulnerable people.

And the numbers might be even worse.

Dr Tim Bowling, of charity BAPEN, which raises awareness of malnutrition, said the figures from the Office for National Statistics were an underestimate.

Fortunately there’s an answer.

“We are also investing £100 million on IT so nurses can spend more time with patients, not paperwork. That means nursing rounds where senior nurses will have more time to check that patients are comfortable, are helped to eat and drink, and are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

IT, if the American track record is anything to go by, won’t free up nurses, it will tie up more staff, lead to more personnel expenses and automate the routines even further based on checklists so that patients are disregarded. But the IT people will make money and the senior staff will boast of their accomplishments and more patients will go on dying.

  • JacksonPearson

    "1,165 People Starved to Death in British Hospitals Under National Health Care"
    A preview of coming attractions under ObamaCare.

    • Toni_Pereira

      Yep…and to help out, he has the lovely ethic insights of Professor Singer…

  • Ar'nun

    Lovely, if this is our future, Miss Obama must be excited. Just think, if they are starving them to death, at least they are not dying because of obesity.

  • cassie

    i can attest to the fact that this is already happening in America, and has for many years. i have spent many hours in the hospital with both of my elderly parents. The things i have witnessed are unbelievable! One time, i witnessed the nurse taking my dad's urine bag, lifting it up to read the amount, above his kidney level! That means that urine was allowed to flow back into his bladder and kidneys to cause infection. After she 'read' the count, she then tossed the bag onto the bacteria laden floor! i went into shock and chastise myself for not giving her a verbal thrashing! Because the nursing staff is 'busy' on their computers, or just in conversation, there is no one on the floor. My dad has fallen, crawled along the filthy floors, and hurt himself while looking for a bathroom because no one bothered to answer his light, and he was on pain meds that caused him to have a foggy mind. Food trays are brought to the rooms and dumped. No one bothers to take the lids off and prepare the food for the elderly or disabled to even begin to eat it. Yes, even trays are left out of reach of the patients. The food is disgusting…hot food is lukewarm to cold, and cold food is lukewarm. The patients just give up! Meat isn't cut into pieces for them and milk containers aren't opened. Oh, and i will never forget the time when my dad was in the ER having a heart attack and the doctor said it was just heartburn. He wasn't even going to admit him until i insisted on it. They put him into observation where he ended up having another heart attack and was in surgery the next morning. Of course, the hospital never bothered to call us about it either. He is only one patient out of the millions who end up in the hospital each year. Oh yes, the death panels are already here…

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I've seen this kind of thing myself with relatives.

      • jay

        My dying father-in-law lives with us. Has stage 4 cancer and gets frequent infections. Every time he's in the hospital the nurses and doctors do something absurd like this. He has a list of medications he cannot take under any circumstances, and they give it to him anyway because its part of the "protocol". They make him ask for pain/nausea medication even though the prescription is round the clock. Because he has chronic, intractible pain he has to have it on time or else he's in agony. When you go out to complain to the nurses, they're all too busy to talk to you. If you call "Risk Management" to complain, they don't return your calls. Lawyers, Politicians and Courts have turned this industry into robots, treating their patients like widgets. Any wonder how medical mistakes kill 200,000 per year? depressing that its only getting worse

    • Ar'nun

      "Oh, and i will never forget the time when my dad was in the ER having a heart attack and the doctor said it was just heartburn"

      My heart goes out to you. Years ago my mother went to the ER with heart problems, the Doctor gave her a perscription for Prilosec and sent her home where she died two hours later at age 56.

      Two weeks ago my wife had an allergic reaction to a medication she was one and we rushed her to emergency room where they left her for 4 hours until the new nurse came on duty and realized that a doctor hadn't even seen her yet.

      Our Healthcare system is a mess, and Obamacare just made it worse.

    • Elaine

      cassie-how right you are. Anyone who knows someone admitted to a hospital in the U.S. knows that unless there is a family member or another person who cares about the patient, the hospital staff will fail to do something necessary for the well-being of the patient or will do something that is life-threatening to that patient,. Obamacare will simply increase the number of deaths of those admitted to hospitals and eventually will pay medical personnel to eliminate the people who are using up too much of the limited medical care funds the government has.

  • http://twitter.com/quark1912 @quark1912

    Anything to lighten the case load.

  • http://twitter.com/BeckerBruce @BeckerBruce

    What's wrong with effectively have the POST OFFICE administer Healthcare?

    except…..when Shanequia, the nurse t,akes her Gov. mandated 20 min break while you are dying#Obamacare

  • jeanjean4

    But we shure should be glad, that patients in GB do not get hurt from the sight of little crosses. Nurses are not allowed to have these nowerdays. NHS also prevents patients from beeing molested with christian prayers when they die.

    Passing by from thirst a Brtish patient may find his redemtion in the face of a burka.wearing nurse, no seeing her happy smile.

  • Toni_Pereira

    Actually, this is not entirely accurate. Most of them died during the rehearsals of the London 2012 Opening ceremony…

  • UCSPanther

    When I get old, I hope that when it comes time to lose my independence, I die before spending time in sub-par nursing home facilities.

    • Elaine

      That will be the hope of everyone when Obamacare becomes complete government control over our lives.

  • kafir4life

    So what they are saying is they've found an effective way of bending the cost curve? They save on the food, then later on any required medical care. The dead don't need treatment. Problem solved!

  • Horace

    Brits have long heavily relied on third worlders to staff their hospitals at the low end. They don't like old English people. Don't get old, don't get sick. Don't complain to the medical establishment ( a large segment of it anyway) about other members of it. They'll think you don't care about them, and will feel better continuing to not care about you. It was always thus. Never mind that there is no free lunch, there is no lunch at all. There is no free medical care, and now we get to where there is no medical care at all, like in the third world. Third worlders helped tip the balance to elect Obama, they want it to be just like home in their new country. They want to run things.
    India and Pakistan and the rest of the anti western madhouse freak shows over there in the east (middle east included) are hell holes of poverty and outrageous opression and suffering because of the bad attitudes and culture of the people. Government arises out of the people, including government health care. The UK goes on down that path, we're next. Circle the wagons.

  • joel b

    The British NHS is a disgrace. My wife works in it as a clinician, and the stories she comes home with are just staggering beyond belief.

    My father was turned away by his local NHS doctor on numerous occasions with a "chest infection". He knew there was something wrong with himself, something more, and kept telling the doctor, but was dismissed. About four months later, it turned out to be lung cancer. He lived another three months. When he was close to death in hospital, he had a morphine drip put in his arm upon an emergency admission. As the doctor left the room, he said to the nurse "take off his sweater and put him in a smock". She took the drip out, took off his sweater. She turned to me, while holding up the drip, and said "am I supposed to put this back in now, or what? any ideas?". I'm not going to write what I said to her.