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Report: More than 1,000 NHS patients have died of dehydration since 2003

posted at 11:52 am on December 2, 2013 by

Behold, the wonders of government-run, single-payer healthcare (via the Daily Telegraph):

More than 1,000 care home residents have died of thirst or while suffering severe dehydration over the past decade, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Elderly and vulnerable patients were left without enough water despite being under the supervision of trained staff in homes in England and Wales…Charities called for an urgent overhaul in social care, saying that the general public would be outraged if animals were treated in the same way…Figures obtained by this newspaper under freedom of information laws found that 1,158 care home residents suffered dehydration-related deaths between 2003 and 2012. Dehydration was named as either the underlying cause of death or a contributory factor, according to analysis of death certificates by the Office of National Statistics. Some 318 care home residents were found to have died from starvation or when severely malnourished, while 2,815 deaths were linked to bed sores. The real figures are likely to be far higher because residents who died while in hospital were not included.

You read that right — these statistics only include the people who literally died in their homes;* they don’t entail those who were rushed to the hospital before succumbing to the effects of gross neglect.  Not that British hospital care is particularly stellar either. How many of these patients expired while sitting in ambulances queued up outside overcrowded emergency rooms?  Reminder:

UPDATE - Via MBS in the comments, it appears that these figures are based on elderly patients who died in nursing homes, under the supervision of government-trained, ahem, caretakers.

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Ward Cleaver on December 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

these statistics only include the people who literally died in their homes

I believe they are referring to “care homes” which are similar to nursing homes. Which makes it much worse than if they were dying in their own homes. These are sick and elderly people who are under the care and supervision of the government run health care system. With predictable results.

mbs on December 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I’m guessing it is now considered as dying of “natural causes” to die of dehydration or starvation on a gurney in a hospital hallway… Have to keep those NHS stats up for survival rates at any costs to make systems like the US look bad because propaganda is way more important than lives after all// sarc

Caseoftheblues on December 2, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Elderly and vulnerable patients were left without enough water despite being under the supervision of trained staff…

“Despite”? That depends on what the staff were trained to do, now doesn’t it? Britain’s official policy (dressed up with the fancy name “Liverpool Care Pathway”) is “let the useless feeders die”. Without clear proof that the negligent “care”-givers were punished, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that this is happening under orders as an extension of the LCP.

Fabozz on December 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

0bumble and Syphillius salivating at the success of NHS in “decreasing the excess population”…..

dentarthurdent on December 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

When Hillary runs, she will run for the single-payer system.

Conservative4Ever on December 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Dehydration is a particularly horrible way to die.
The DEATH PANELS have the answer, of course – a big ol’ LD shot of morphine! That’s much more humane, don’t you think?
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Marcola on December 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

The Liverpool Care Pathway in action.

NavyMustang on December 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Government sanctioned dehydration is optimal.

Private dehydration is forbidden.

portlandon on December 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

That’s a feature not a bug! Old people get pneumonia and become dehydrated and delirous. Normally, you just stick an IV in them, rehydrate them and give them antibiotics and they get better and you send them home. In the UK, whether they or the families agree or not, they kill them by denying them food, hydration, and medication. It’s sick.

Blake on December 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

From the last link:

Patients can’t get into A&E because there isn’t an empty cubicle, let alone the staff, so they end up trapped in ambulances.

This is our future under Obozocare.

Patriot Vet on December 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Democrats would never let that happen. They would at minimum mandate it.

Murphy9 on December 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Those patients are being denied water because it likely means less need to change them due to incontinence.

thgrant on December 2, 2013 at 6:52 PM

UPDATE – Via MBS in the comments, it appears that these figures are based on elderly patients who died in nursing homes, under the supervision of government-trained, ahem, caretakers.

These nursing homes are in the private sector

mags on December 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

“Citizens! We have corrected the unfortunate issues related to inadequate monitoring of our Mature CItizens in their homes. Henceforth, all such ‘At Risk’ citizens will be rushed to private, healthy & secure ‘Health Camps’ for ‘Revitalization’, as of March 1

“And, in other news: Everyone’s ration of Soylent Green will be increased by 15%, as of March 2.”

orangemtl on December 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Blink: see the link above to the Liverpool Care Pathway. It is indeed a feature, not a bug.

These are private care homes, but the government pays when your assets fall below £25K.

S. Weasel on December 3, 2013 at 5:43 AM

S. Weasel on December 3, 2013 at 5:43 AM

The taxpayer pays a private care home business

mags on December 3, 2013 at 6:34 AM

So, don’t get thirsty when the union thug “caregivers” are on break. Or vacation. Or when you are in a government facility.

deimos on December 3, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Doesn’t cost anything to die of thirst. This may be the answer to the cost overruns in Obamacare.

morganfrost on December 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

This is about government regulations of private nursing home.

Poster’s should be discussing U.S nursing homes

http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/nursing_home_abuse_statistics

mags on December 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

The future of healthcare. Thanks Barry, Nancy and Harry.

kemojr on December 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM