“What we have also exposed in this review is a range of far wider, fundamental problems with care for the dying – a lack of care and compassion, unavailability of suitably trained staff, no access to proper palliative care advice outside of nine to five Monday to Friday,” the report said.
Lady Neuberger said patients were being left “in considerable pain” and suffering distress and hallucinations without getting the help they needed because in most parts of the country, expert teams “shut up shop” at 5pm on a Friday.
What we might call the rise of the producer interest, eh? People don\’t die M-F, 9 to 5. Nor do they begin to suffer pain or distress nor even do they start to become ill in those times.
But the health service is organised so that the producers of the remedies to these things get their weekends.
Hmm. A Wonder Of The World indeed.
The review frequently uncovered accounts in which families were shouted at by nurses for trying to give water to desperately thirsty relatives, she said. Too many staff had misinterpreted guidance which in fact says that nutrition and hydration should be given for as long as possible.
The Neuberger review heard evidence from relatives who had been forced to soak paper towels from bathroom dispensers in order to provide comfort to desperately thirsty patients who had been placed on the pathway.
The approach was supposed to mean that treatment could be stopped, if it would mean a more comfortable death, while food and drink could be withdrawn if dying patients did not want them. But the panel of experts said the pathway had been misused, which had distressed too many patients and their relatives.
The implication here seems to be that the original of the pathway was to not officiously strive to keep alive. Fair enough really. But when rolled out by 1.4 million people as part of a State plan it became deliberately denying hydration to dying people in order that they might die faster.
All hail State plans, eh?