Thursday, 24 October 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - What Prospect Does This Bode...?

The Complete Life, is that not as it should be?
And for whom doth the bell toll? It tolls for thee...

First, Dave Cameron installed Don Berwick as a guiding tsar to the NHS.

What, that Don Berwick, running for governorship for Massachusetts, Medicare Director under the Obama administration, cohort of Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel, promoter of Communitarian Healthcare, delaying or denying access to medical interventions if you're at the tail-end of the Communitarian profile?

Yes, that Don Berwick.

So, we got saddled with Obama's side-kick.

Now, Jerry Hunt has installed Simon Stevens as the new CEO of NHS England

What, that Simon Stevens, Senior Exec. of United Health, former policy adviser on health under the Blair administration, Chief Exec. UHC Medicare and Retirement, President UH Europe, Nuffield Trust Trustee, Commonwealth Fund Board Member, ex-Board Member Medicare Rights Center, ex-Trustee The King's Fund, one-time Brixton Councillor...?

Yes, that Simon Stevens.

So, we get saddled with Blair's side-kick.


What does this mean...?

Simon Stevens, said the U.S. could save more than half a trillion dollars over a decade by changing how it cares for patients on those government health plans, which provide coverage for the elderly, disabled, and low income.
- MPR News


This is United Health 

     Working together, we can 
     ensure that quality health care 
     is accessible to all Americans,
     and that it is affordable and sustainable - not a 
     burden to future generations.

"Affordable, sustainable..." That sounds remarkably like what's being said here about the NHS. One of United Health's 'six priority areas' is -
Modernizing Medicare. Improving chronic disease management and end-of-life care.
What does that mean exactly...? Helping people into palliative rather than curative care options? Recognising death and dying as positive life options in place of 'futile' interventions?

Stevens is set to take over in April next year.

This does not bode well.

No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...
John Donne - Meditation 17
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

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