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5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about your future NHS care,then read this, 13 April 2011
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This review is from: How We Treat the Sick: Neglect and Abuse in Our Health Services (Paperback)
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This book should be compulsory reading for all politicians and NHS senior managers. It tells some terrible stories about the treatment of the eldery and sick in our hospitals. Much of this has been exposed in TV documentaries over recent years but the timeline of this book indicates that in many NHS trusts nothing has really changed. The evidence is bang up to date (autumn 2010) and includes analysis of what went wrong in the now infamous Staffordshire hospital that has become the subject of a public enquiry. It is not so much about poor clinical treatment but much more about neglect and indignity; the author uses the term "institutionalised" to indicate that there is a culture of neglect in the NHS, and while this might seem harsh to the many very caring NHS nursing staff in particular, there are too many examples apart from Staffordshire in this book to ignore. If you care about how your parents are treated or indeed how you might be treated in the future, then read this book and demand action to change things. It is little wonder that older people are choosing to commit suicide rather than face this sort of future, and I for one am a little sick of the pro-life do-gooders and palliative care specialists who seek to impose their own brand of morality on the rest of us, tell us what is best for us and that we can all die with dignity. My mother is in a care home with dementia and I am just relieved that as a family we are able to monitor her care - imagine what it might be like for elderly people who have nobody.
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