This will make you very angry indeed. What an absolute DISGRACE the NHS is. Privatise it – go on, and then families can sue it with impunity, and only its shareholders will suffer.
Before I get into this latest story (and my condolences go out to the family – perhaps they should consider crowd funding a private prosecution?), let me make clear that young doctors are clueless about the abilities of the elderly or the value of their lives. Ask any 20 year old and they probably think that being over 80 is just a waste of time, yet my father was a very robust worker even into his eighties – chopping longs and so on. He pottered away every day, and his life was useful and enjoyable to him until his cancer overcame him (when he was blessed to be allowed to die at home).
This case just beggars belief. I quote: (source)
Winfred Brogan, a former mill worker, from Wigan, was taken to hospital just after 9pm on November 7, 2013, suffering from pneumonia and sepsis, and was seen by the junior doctor at 2am.
The report said available medical evidence did not support the idea that she was dying. But three hours later the doctor put her on the LCP.
Her family objected and asked for her discharge. Mrs Brogan was discharged later on November 8, but without antibiotics recommended by a consultant.
She was re-admitted on November 13 after her condition worsened and died the next day. The report said it was ‘difficult to understand the haste with which the decision [about the Pathway] was made’.
The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust has apologised to the Brogan family. It told them it had contacted the ‘experienced’ junior doctor, who no longer works for the Trust, to arrange ‘a discussion with him about his actions’.
Two words to the family – SUE HIM!
And this last bit will wring some hollow, bitter laughter from you:
A report by an investigator from the Ombudsman’s office said it could not be said for certain that Mrs Brogan died because of the decision to put her on the Integrated Care Pathway – the version of the LCP system designed to ease the last hours of patients that was used by that hospital.
Really? She had sepsis and you didn’t give her antibiotics at the first opportunity? I would guess that that decision would be why she’s dead. Utter scum these QUACKS and their ‘legal’ minded enablers.
Right, that’s my rant for the day. I despair of this country as a whole, but the NHS makes me sick (and that’s only partly funny).
God Bless you