[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
Cockney Blue wrote:
Bill Roberts wrote:
By JAMES TOZER
A grandfather who beat cancer was wrongly told the disease had returned and left to die at a hospice which pioneered a controversial ‘death pathway’.
Doctors said there was nothing more they could do for 76-year- old Jack Jones, and his family claim he was denied food, water and medication except painkillers.
He died within two weeks. But tests after his death found that his cancer had not come back and he was in fact suffering from pneumonia brought on by a chest infection.
To his family’s horror, they were told he could have recovered if he’d been given the correct treatment.
(Full story at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1219853/My-husband-beaten-cancer-doctors-wrongly-told-returned-let-die.html )
“Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” – Barack Obama, in response to learning of a grandmother’s successful pacemaker surgery at age 99.
Yes, this is an example of a fuck up. Fuck ups happen whether something is funded by the government (through taxes), a charity (as in this case) or the individual.
Obviously if you can afford to go to an expensive private hospital you would expect a lower number of fuck ups.
Reading the report, the payout seems to be insultingly low if the hospice was totally at fault which makes me wonder if maybe the mail (a pretty crap newspaper) isn’t distorting things a little in the reporting.
The UK does not pay medical damages on the order of the payments seen in the US.
I am from the UK, I know that but 18 grand does seem to be a pitiful payout.