I have written a lot about assisted dying almost since I started this blog. Although not since 2015 when Lord Faulkner’s Bill to legalize it was heavily defeated in the House of Commons. ( You can see all my earlier posts by clicking on ” Assisted Suicide” in the Topics List)
Recently I was prompted to re-read my blogs on this subject by a special report in the Daily Mail – 4th Sept. My blogs are full of apprehension about the potential for extension of assisted dying into the everyday care of older people. Nowhere is this more likely than in hard pressed, under funded, bed blocked hospitals.
The report into Gosport Memorial Hospital in Hampshire would seem to confirm my predictions. A high level of deaths and excessive use of pain medication typified treatment in the hospital, in a facility which uncomfortably they called “end of line” wards.
There have been several police investigations, Health Service inquiries and a ‘death audit’ over the years all with no clear conclusion. Now an independent review led by James Jones, former chairman of the Hillsborough disaster will report in the spring of 2018.
My prediction this time is that he will find that wilful neglect for the sanctity of life of older people is now endemic in the NHS.
COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF INCREASED LONGEVITY.
IN A SUPREME TWIST OF FATE, THE NHS THAT HAS DONE SO MUCH TO EXTEND LIVES, NOW FINDS ITSELF HASTILY ASSISTING THE ENDING OF LIVES.