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Maybe We Need A Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Patients

Dehydration kills elderly hospital patients - Scotsman.com News

MORE elderly patients are dying of dehydration in Scotland's hospitals, figures show.
Inadequate fluid intake contributed to the deaths of 550 patients last year - up 9 per cent on the previous 12 months and up more than 25 per cent on a decade earlier, according to Information Services Division (ISD) Scotland.
The statistics also show 109 patients died malnourished, while 141 died while suffering bedsores.
Analysis of the data reveals in 2010, more than ten patients a week were "discharged dead" from hospital with a diagnosis of "volume depletion". The condition is described as the loss of both water and salts and is closely linked to dehydration.
The number of deaths from volume depletion has risen from 429 in 2001 and 503 in 2009. The highest figure in a decade was 638 in 2006.
A further 4,305 people were discharged alive suffering the condition.

Jail time would follow if this was pets that were being so treated.

The RSPCA has welcomed prison sentences and a ban on keeping animals handed out to a couple who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs. A veterinary examination concluded both dogs were very underweight and that Sally was severely emaciated. She was less than half the weight that she should have been, had early kidney failure and an infected liver.

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This barbarity is not just down to "lack of training" or common humanity.
There is a scheme for bumping off terminally ill patients, called "The Liverpool Pathway".
When the hospital staff decide time is up, they sedate patients and withhold fluids until they die.
Thirsting them to death is not counted as active murder if the patients are unable to take fluids for themselves and
they are (mostly ) unconscious. With very ill, elderly patients, the give-away is often a bedside notice saying "nil by mouth"

It is not surprising that staff brought up in the tick box culture of today should extend the practice unofficially to
clear bed blockers and reduce the demands on their time and efforts.

As a part time trainee clergyman, I attended a dying patient with a priest who was forbidden to give holy communion for this reason.
The patient was drifting towards consciousness at times, so he anointed her which appeared to ease and comfort her.

Absolutely right Edward, although my father was sent down the Rochdale pathway, but he wasn't terminally ill when he went in after a mild stroke. He got the hospital disease pneumonia and died because it was 12 hours before he was seen by a doctor. When it was my mother's turn after a stroke, I was wiser and smuggled Complan into hospital to keep her alive, although officially she wasn't fed for a month. They must have been wondering why she was still there. My brother was impressed with the cards on the notice board saying how wonderful the staff had been to their parent, until I pointed out that they had all died. That was five years ago and we moved my mother to another hospital and she made a good recovery, she is now 89 and looking well.

what joyous new things we look forward to in the US as Obamacare sends us down the path toward "universal health care". So instead of 'do no harm' the motto is 'kill off the old ones'? Isn't it intereseting that with all the criticism of the US health system we don't have any stories about how old people are purposely killed by the staff of the hospitals who are "taking care of them"?

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