I agree very strongly with the condemnation of the creeping privatisation of the NHS. It worries me deeply that the private sector is getting its hands on parts of our health care service, which will be the thin edge of the wedge leading to charging for care. My daughter lives in the USA and their insurance-based system is incredibly expensive, leaving many people bankrupt after a serious illness. It would be a disaster if the UK went down that road.
I owe my life to the NHS, on more than one occasion, and have no complaints about my treatment. However, I do wonder whether the criteria for treatment has begun to exclude patients on grounds of age. In the case of my M-i-L and F-i-L, both were in their late 80s when they were admitted to hospital, and neither received anything beyond "being made comfortable" as they died. Obviously, we would not have wanted intervention which would merely have prolonged their suffering, but I did wonder if they might have recovered. For instance, when I was in hospital in the 1960s, a fellow patient was 92 and making a good recovery after having a leg amputated. I don't know if that would happen now.
I feel that the care home situation during the pandemic has been a disgrace. It seems clear that people who stood a chance of recovery were not admitted to hospital but left to die without treatment. One woman on TV said that her mother said "Why me?" when told that she was not going to be admitted and given the oxygen that could have saved her life. The carers and her doctor had to tell her she was going to die, which she did. It seems utterly wrong that these people weren't given a chance. The mantra was "Stay home and protect the NHS" but we seem to have done that by leaving people to die in care homes.
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WORD ASSOCIATION GAME 5 February