Thousands of elderly people are dying unnecessarily early because ‘despicable’ age discrimination in the NHS is denying them treatment for cancer, a charity has warned.
Yes, obviously. For the system is set up to do this.
Indeed, I\’ve seen Polly commending the NHS for taking such a robust attitude to expense control. Why spend fortunes on the last few months of the elderly when we could be eradicating child inequality?
According to research published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, there would be 14,000 fewer deaths from cancer in those aged over 75 per year if if mortality rates from cancer matched those in America.
It\’s generally accepted that that\’s one of the reasons that makes the US system so expensive and the NHS so cheap. Because the NHS does a fairly brutal triage on who it will bother to treat aggressively and who it will offer simple palliative care to based upon the crude measure of age.
Now, whether it should be this way or not is one matter (one I\’m really not sure about myself). But the amusement might come from reactions to this report. I can see the usual suspects clamouring that this just proves how the Tories are bastards while ignoring their own previous stance that this shows how wonderful the NHS is because it doesn\’t waste resources.