Sentenced to death- The reality of universal healthcare

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Grandluxe, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one man's chilling story reveals
    By JOHN NAISH
    PUBLISHED: 00:30, 7 April 2012 | UPDATED: 00:30, 7 April 2012


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    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat.

    Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age.

    His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms.

    Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery he needed — and as a result his cancer was actually cured. Four years on, he is a sprightly 82-year-old who works out at the gym, drives a sports car and competes in a rowing team.

    ‘You could call his recovery amazing,’ says Michele, 51. ‘It is certainly a gift. But the fact is that he was written off because of his age. He was left to suffer so much, and so unnecessarily.’


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