Up to 1,200 Killed at One Hospital by British Version of ObamaCare

From Airstrip One, yet another indication as to why the Dems are encountering so much resistance in their attempt to impose socialized medicine:

Up to 1,200 people lost their lives needlessly because Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust put government targets and cost-cutting ahead of patient care.

But none of the doctors, nurses and managers who failed them has suffered any formal sanction. Indeed, some have either retired on lucrative pensions or have swiftly found new jobs. Former chief executive Martin Yeates, who has since left with a £1million pension pot, six months’ salary and a reported £400,000 payoff, did not even give evidence to the inquiry which detailed the scale of the scandal…

Socialism works great — for insiders. It’s not so nice for the rest of us.

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A recent inquiry discovered that patients’ safety was “routinely neglected,” and that they were subjected to “inhumane treatment,” “bullying,” “abuse,” and “rudeness.” Would you put the kind of people who run the local DMV in charge of the healthcare system? Britain did. The results were inevitable.

Some of the findings at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, which is officially an “elite” National Health Service institution:

• Patients were left unwashed in their own filth for up to a month as nurses ignored their requests to use the toilet or change their sheets;
• Four members of one family, including a new-born baby girl, died within 18 months after of blunders at the hospital;
• Medics discharged patients hastily out of fear they risked being sacked for delaying;
• Wards were left filthy with blood, discarded needles and used dressings while bullying managers made whistleblowers too frightened to come forward.

The probe was launched to find out why deaths at the hospital were 27–45% higher than expected according to a report from a year ago. This implies that as many as 1,200 people died unnecessarily from 2005 to 2008.

Lowlights of the “elite” government care at the inaptly named Trust include a cheerleader having her leg amputated after bureaucrats posing as doctors dismissed her cancer as “growing pains.” Immobilized patients have been reduced to drinking the water from flower vases.

Kelsey Lintern lost four family members to the hospital in a year and half.

Mrs Lintern, 36, almost became the fifth victim when a nurse tried to give her pethidine while she was in labour, despite her medical notes and a wristband clearly stating she was allergic to the drug.

Here’s what happened when Kelsey’s sister Laurie Gethin died of lung, bone, and lymph cancer that it took the bureaucrats 18 months to diagnose:

Her body, with her eyes still open, was left on her blood-splattered bed in full view of other patients.

Kelsey’s 80-year-old grandmother Lilian Wood Latta died hungry and dehydrated:

She was left in her own excrement during her final days and the family said the dehydration was caused by staff failing to give her adequate fluids.

Only fiends would wish government healthcare on even their worst enemies. But there is literally nothing the authoritarian statists atop the Democrat Party would not do to increase their power over every detail of our lives and deaths.


On a tip from Smoke TNT. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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