(Continued from “Hayley Home Alone”).
What if Hayley went into hospital?
Terminally ill plus a fall or a call and you’re back in hospital – i.e. any accident or call to your GP at an inconvenient hour like night-time or weekends and you are likely with a terminal diagnosis to be whisked off to hospital.
Now you can step on the Liverpool pathway to heaven.
If you don’t like hospital food, you won’t need to worry, because you won’t be getting any. You may not even get a drink. There is ample evidence of this neglect and a terminal illness is an express ticket to this non-care. What started as a careful approach to end of life care, has become a horror movie in the NHS.
Now the name has been dropped but the beds are still blocked.
Lord Falconer is slowly, but surely, steering his proposals on assisted suicide through Parliament portrayed as a careful caring step. A Hayley Cropper happy ending.
But reality TV is much more brutal.
- Hayley had a grasping distant relative – how many more people do?
- Hayley had a loving husband and close friends near by but many lonely bereaved older people living alone do not.
- Hayley had an attentive GP but her only home visit was to certify Hayley’s death.
- Hayley’s end of life TV episodes certainly raised the issue of terminal illness and good for that.
- But the reality of a lonely death at home alone or a neglectful nil by mouth, no care, rapid decline in hospital would have been too much like real life for a soap opera’s evening entertainment.
Good night and God bless Hayley