UK’s Socialist Health Care System Starving, Dehydrating Infants To Death

The ugly side of socialized medicine and their death panels. Welcome to your future, America.

The Daily Mail reports:

Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.

Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.

But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.

Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a  baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’.

[…]  The investigation, which will include child patients, will look at whether cash payments to hospitals to hit death pathway targets have influenced doctors’ decisions.

Medical critics of the LCP insist it is impossible to say when a patient will die and as a result the LCP death becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. They say it is a form of euthanasia, used to clear hospital beds and save the NHS money.

The use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors’ bible, the British Medical Journal.

Earlier this month, an un-named doctor wrote of the agony of watching the protracted deaths of babies. The doctor described one case of a baby born with ‘a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies’, whose parents agreed to put it on the pathway.

The doctor wrote: ‘They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.

‘Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days.

‘Parents and care teams are unprepared for the sometimes severe changes that they will witness in the child’s physical appearance as severe dehydration ensues.

The use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors' bible, the British Medical JournalThe use of end of life care methods on disabled newborn babies was revealed in the doctors’ bible, the British Medical Journal.

‘I know, as they cannot, the unique horror of witnessing a child become smaller and shrunken, as the only route out of a life that has become excruciating to the patient or to the parents who love their baby.’

[…]  In a response to the article, Dr Laura de Rooy, a consultant neonatologist at St George’s Hospital NHS Trust in London writing on the BMJ website, said: ‘It is a huge supposition to think they do not feel hunger or thirst.’

Read more at the Daily Mail

Food and water are not drastic medical interventions.  They are basic necessities for ANY life, no matter how healthy…just like air.   One could just as easily claim to “withdraw air” by putting a pillow over a patient’s face and suffocating them.  That at least would be quicker!

Denying food and water is NOT denying “treatment.”   It is a cruel, torturous form of state-sanctioned child abuse and murder.

Any doctor who participates in it should lose their medical license, and any medical system that supports it should be done away with.

Here is the original doctor’s article in the British Medical Journal: “How it feels to withdraw feeding from newborn babies.”

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