With advancements in medicine, it is unacceptable that patients in hospitals and nursing homes suffer from lack of care. Yet a recent report reveals that some patients are being poorly treated and possibly even starved to death in England.
According to the Daily Mail, a survey from the British Office for National Statistics exposed the poor end-of-life treatment patients frequently receive in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices:
The relatives of people who died in hospital rated their care as worse than any other place of death.
Around 31 per cent of people said hospital care was only fair or poor, while the lowest rating across other places was 18 per cent for care homes.
The survey revealed a quarter of families claim their relative was denied food and drink before their death.
It also illuminated an alleged lack of compassion among hospital staff.
Of the families who responded to the survey, 13 percent said their loved one was not given enough to eat and 12 percent said they were not given enough to drink, according to the report. The survey found 20 percent of patients rarely or never were treated with dignity and respect, according to their families.
It is reasonable to desire a comfortable and dignified death for the suffering. Because of the advances modern medicine has taken, now a peaceful death is possible for the multitude. With the improvement of end-of-life care, any act to end the lives or hasten the death of the ill is unwarranted. Hospitals and nursing homes should strive to focus on providing patients in difficult situations with optimal care and treating them with the dignity they deserve.
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Studies have confirmed that a lack of care is a problem for people at the end of life. As LifeNews has reported:
In 1994, Dr. Charles Cleeland authored a study that found that 42% of cancer patients with pain were receiving inadequate therapy for their pain. This led to the Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines for more aggressive pain management and the ubiquitous question about your level of pain “on a scale of 1 to 10” every time you visit the doctor for any reason.
The interest in pain management was actually a response to the push for legalized assisted suicide. Advocates of assisted suicide claimed that uncontrolled pain justified aiding cancer patients to end their lives. At the time, there were proclamations by medical experts that 90% of pain could be easily treated and there was no risk of addiction for those who were actually in pain.
So where are we nearly two decades later? A new study just published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds that while pain management has improved, a significant number of cancer patients are still suffering. Dr. Michael Fisch and his colleagues looked at over three thousand patients with breast, lung, prostate, or colorectal cancer. Of the two thousand patients who complained of pain, roughly one-third were receiving inadequate therapy for their pain.
Turning to assisted suicide or euthanasia as a solution for suffering says that we as a society cannot be bothered with authentic compassion. It says that we want what is easy and expedient rather than what requires effort and time. It says the healthy and powerful can decide whether the weak and vulnerable live or die.