Tales from the Darkside: Health Care in the UK

From the DailyMail.com

"A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital. Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help. They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control. The next day his mother Rita Cronin found him delirious and he died within hours."

"She said that two days after his hip operation, while Miss Cronin was at work, he became severely dehydrated but his requests for water were refused. He became aggressive and nurses called in security guards to restrain him. After they had left, he rang the police from his bed to demand their help."

"The next morning she visited him before going to work. 'He was delirious and his mouth was open.' she said. 'I gave him a drink of Ribena'. 'I told three nurses there was something wrong with my son and they said, "He's fine" and walked off. I started to cry and a locum doctor who was there told me not to worry. 'Eventually the ward doctor came round, took one look at Kane and started shouting for help'. Miss Cronin was asked to leave her son's bedside. "He died an hour later," she said. "I didn't even realise he was dying. I didn't even have a chance to say goodbye."

"The death certificate said Mr. Forny had died because of a 'water deficit' and 'hypernatraemia' - medical term for dehydration. "His mother added: 'When I went back to the hospital I was told that all the nurses had been offered counselling as they were so traumatised, but nothing was offered to me."

"This week a task force called on nurses to sign a public pledge that they will treat everyone with compassion and dignity."

Whew! What a relief. They kill someone through neglect and as a punishment they have to sign a pledge to promise to treat people with "compassion and dignity"? What a farce. Isn't that the basic medical professionals job description? Ridiculous.

Down with Big Brother!


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