Thursday, October 14, 2004

Kill Them All - Let God Sort Them Out

It's open season on sick children. Following the Charlotte Wyatt ruling, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, previously famed for its extensive body parts collection, innovative nursing ethics, and a collection of dead infants reminiscent of Saddam Hussein's allotment, have gone to court because they want to let seriously ill baby Luke Winston-Jones die if he gets any worse. The baby's parents aren't too happy about this. And as in the Charlotte Wyatt case, a new phrase is introduced to the language - 'aggressive treatment'. From what I gather, 'aggressive treatment' is treatment that hurts, though it may save or prolong life. But to the modern ear it sounds awful, doesn't it ? No one wants to be aggressive, do they now ?

At this rate the NHS will soon be able to abandon treatment altogether. After all, we're all going to die some day. Why prolong the stay ?

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