Patients’ Lives May Not Be Safe ..
As winter tightens its grip, tens of thousands of patients are waiting in ambulance queues or being kept on trolleys because there aren’t enough hospital beds.
Some have to be ‘warehoused’ in corridors or side rooms for up to 12 hours before being taken to a ward, it’s reported.
Department of Health statistics show that in the past 12 months almost 126,000 patients have waited for between four and 12 hours to be transferred to a ward after being seen by a doctor in A&E.
The annual figures are up by a fifth on the same period in the previous year.
More than 35,000 ambulances have been forced to wait a minimum of half an hour outside a hospital in the past six weeks alone.
This compares to around 24,000 for broadly that period the year before.
Many patients are elderly and frail and besides being in desperate need of medical attention have to suffer the indignity of lying on a trolley for ages in full public view.
Yet when you consider what could happen to them when they’re finally placed on a ward, you might be tempted to say these are the lucky ones.
Last week the Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust had to pay out more than £400,000 in compensation to the families of 38 patients who suffered what their lawyer called an “appalling” catalogue of neglect.
Wretched old folk had to beg nurses for water or were left hungry when meal trays were dumped too far from their reach. Buzzers were ignored and patients were not taken to the toilet but left to lie in their own faeces. One elderly patient – who was not identified at the request of his relatives – died of starvation.
That’s right.. In 21st century Britain, a man supposedly in the care of the NHS officially starved to death. Another patient, 86-year-old Patricia Bridle – ironically, a former NHS nurse – was not washed for 11 weeks, her son claimed.
She later died following a seizure.
Peter Bridle said towards the end his mother didn’t want him to visit her because she was “embarrassed and humiliated to be lying in her own filth”.
On the same day the outcome of a legal “class action” against this hospital trust was reported, statistics revealed senior NHS managers including finance directors and human resources officers were now paid an average of £74,654 a year – a rise of £1,459 on the average figure last September.
The Coalition claims the NHS is safe in its hands.
Patients’ lives may not be safe.
But paper shufflers’ jobs are, that’s for sure.
( Charlie Catchpole, 30.12.2012 )
Legs Amputated Needlessly ..
Thousands of patients are needlessly having legs amputated because doctors are failing to spot poor circulation early enough. A damning 16-page report, sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt by MPs, slams the NHS for viewing amputations as a treatment option – rather than a worst case scenario.
Of 11,000 amputations each year for patients with vascular disease and diabetes, 5,000 are unnecessary due to a postcode lottery which meant they were not treated early enough. The illness – which blocks arteries and veins – affects more than four million people and causes 40% of all deaths. It can lead to heart disease, heart attacks and strokes and can be caused by high blood pressure , obesity and diabetes. The number of diabetics is set to hit 4.4 million by 2020 due to obesity.
( Andrew Gregory, 15.12.2012 )
Needless Leg Amputations ..
The disclosure that there have been 5,000 needless leg amputations means thousands of lives have been ruined. The amputation of limbs, which could have been reprieved by earlier and better medical diagnoses, is absolutely tragic.
Doctors save countless lives every day and restore to health seriously ill people, working what are close to miracles. So the needless severing of legs is harder to take when those limbs could have been saved.
Whatever needs to be done to put this right should be done immediately, because the emotional as well as physical blow is awful.
( Daily Mirror, 15.12.2012 )
You’d Be Far Better Off Taking A Brisk Walk ..
A scandal can exist for ages before anyone notices. Here is one such.
Ten years from now we will look back in shame and regret at the way the drug companies bamboozled us into swallowing dangerous, useless ‘antidepressant’ pills.
You’d be far better off taking a brisk walk.
The moment of truth must come soon, though most of Britain’s complacent, sheep-like media will be among the last to spot it.
I would have thought it was blaring, front-page, top-of-the-bulletin news that Glaxo-SmithKline, one of our biggest companies, has just been fined £2billion (yes, you heard that right, £2billion) in the US for – among other things – bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable drugs to children.
Its drug Paxil, sold here as Seroxat, was promoted as suitable for teenagers and children, even though trials had shown it was not.
Doctors were sent on free trips where they were treated to snorkelling, sailing, deep-sea fishing, balloon rides and spa treatments (and cash payments), to persuade them to prescribe these drugs, or to reward them for doing so.
It is well known now among doctors that other drug companies have suppressed unwelcome test results on modern antidepressants.
These results show they are largely useless for their stated purpose.
Even worse than this is the growing suggestion that, far from making theirs users happy, these pills can increase suicide thoughts in their minds, perhaps with tragic results.
( An extract from an article by Peter Hitchens, 08.07.2012 )
Why Are We Giving Dangerous Drugs To Children ? ..
In the old days, unscrupulous students used to take dangerous, illegal amphetamines to help get them through tough exam revision.
Now they use Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride), the legally prescribed and very potent pill which is increasingly given to children, some of them very young.
Would doctors or parents give amphetamines to small boys and girls?
Of course not.
Why then do they give them a drug that has such similar effects?
( Peter Hitchens, 11.11.2012 )