This is a tragic, MUST READ story reported in the Mail Online. Check it out!
via Thousands dying of thirst on NHS: Watchdog forced to issue guidelines on giving patients water | Mail Online.
For me, this is simply a breakdown of the fundamental duty of care.
As I have indicated on this blog many times, I believe that the NHS is in a terminal state and beyond reform.
In my judgement, the UK public healthcare system need to be completely replaced with a new model based on international best practice.
Let me turn this to an open question:
How much longer can the UK government continue to throw money at the NHS ineffectively, with declining standards of quality and care?
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Dr Alf poses a question about how long the UK Government can throw money at the NHS ineffectively, with declining standards of quality and care.
The answer is in part the point at which the legal costs of defending lawsuits, the costs of payouts, gagging orders to silence whistleblowers becomes too great.
At present it is 20% of the entire NHS budget which is not high enough to make the Government act.
The other part of this equation is the emerging crisis in obesity, diabetes and dementia. Currently there are 1.25 million early stage dementia sufferers, mostly woman over the age of 65 who smoked pot and led debauched lives as teenagers in the 1960s. When their conditions worsen they will require hospital beds and since there are not enough beds or hospitals, the NHS, without more money, will financially implode.
The diabetes crisis and the obesity crisis will force a change because at £135,000 gbp to strengthen an ambulance, £90,000 gbp per stretcher and £3 million gbp per hospital floor the NHS cannot afford the costs of retro-fitting NHS hospitals and lacks enough nurses to look after the anticipated numbers of obese people with diabetes that will need to be looked after.In this direction, we have the fattest woman in Western Europe, the 4th fattest men and an Adult Social Care system which the Government propose to merge into the NHS without either being properly reformed.
The NHS under its present structure is beyond reform and the medical establishment is like a powerful trades union that will have to be taken on and “broken to the fist”.
Our present crop of lacklustre politicians are not up to that job and will instead,let things slide until the public demands action in a few years time.