UK: 60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told

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Mail On Line:

  • Pathway involves the sick being sedated and usually denied nutrition and fluids
  • Families kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment
  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’
  • Anti-euthanasia group said: ‘The Pathway is designed to finish people off double quick’

Opinion: Our long time readers will know Richard from the UK as he has made comments to many of our posts. Richard has had a career in health care in the UK so I asked him to respond to this article that was sent in from Vason, another long time reader. Richard writes:

“The Care Pathway is an economic expedient, but it’s much more … It reflects our society’s Post War refusal to accept death, and make emotional and spiritual provision for it. For this, the media is largely to blame, lately fostering the culture of eternal youth without Jesus Christ. Post War life has been materially, just too good for too many. We won’t let go, we can’t die.
 
The length of our days is numbered. Recall King Hezekiah who implored Isaiah to pray for his life. He got fifteen more years, and no good came out of that time. We’re the same. We’ve disobeyed God, medical science has prolonged life, yet nothing of eternal value is coming from it. We’ve created a demographic monster and the Care Pathway is the State’s answer – legalised murder. This generation sanctions Bergen Belsen.
 
Any notion of a dignified death, or a good death as John Wesley put it, is gone.
 
America, this is coming to a hospital near you!”