Saturday, 7 November 2015
The slippery slope
"Jack, aged six, died after Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wrongly thought he was under a 'do not resuscitate' order."
"The mother of a young boy who died when a doctor wrongly thought he was under a ‘do not resuscitate’ order says she is `sickened` that she initially thanked the pair."
"Tragic Jack Adcock, six, went into cardiac arrest just hours after being admitted to hospital suffering from sickness and diarrhoea and later sepsis."
"Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was found guilty of manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday of gross negligence which led to the boy's death in February 2011."
`Do not resuscitate` orders are used as part of palliative care and one reason why governments encourage early diagnosis of dementia is that when patients do not have mental capacity, and there is no order, it is the doctor who can decide whether or not to resuscitate the patient.
Staffordshire was only the tip of the iceberg. The elderly are being `let go` in huge numbers.
What the above article is telling us is that the elderly are only one group who are being targeted.
Those with disabilities are also a target. A doctor could not possibly make a mistake about a `do not resuscitate` order, if orders like that did not already exist for six year olds. They do.