NHS Pathways to Death: is it State Sanctioned Murder?
NHS Pathways to death seems to be aimed at hastening death in order to cut NHS bills.
Most families will be defenceless against these tactics, which seem more reminiscent of those employed by the Nazis on the 1930’s and 1940s. In effect, hospitals are being paid more to hasten the death of terminally ill patients.
Hospitals are supposed to discuss the withdrawal of food, fluid and treatments with patients where possible, and with families. However, this does not always appear to be happening and some families are totally unaware that their loved ones are on the NHS Pathway to Death. Not that families have any right whatever in these circumstances unless there is a registered Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare in place. Sadly, these take 3 months to create and register, so the only way a family can fight the Health Authority is by getting a Court Order from the Court of Protection at considerable cost – if you can get it in time.
In some areas around 9 in 10 patients who die are on the NHS Pathway to Death: no one is pretending they are not going to die anyway, but a straightforward lethal injection would have to be preferable to slow starvation and dehydration. At least, that is my opinion. Murder by neglect is just a slow way of achieving what an honest lethal injection would do in minutes – and save the NHS more money, and avoid a lingering death, which the NHS assume the patient will not be aware of. And no one actually knows what is happening in the mind of the poor patient. Hastening death may well be right, but doctors should not be bribed to finish off patients early just to cut NHS costs.
Doctors are not allowed to perform mercy killings for concious patients who are in agony, but they are paid to kill off the terminally ill by deliberate neglect. It just doesn’t make sense.
We have two messaged for people:
- Arm yourselves with Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney so your loved ones stay in charge, and have authority to fight the NHS Pathways to Death if necessary.
- Ask your MP to start a proper debate about euthanasia, which is illegal unless you are a doctor being (indirectly) bribed to put people on the NHS Pathways to death to cut NHS costs.