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The victims of nationalized health care

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By Michelle Malkin  •  July 5, 2011 02:04 PM

Still in London until the end of the week. The papers here have been chock full of NHS horror stories and health care cautionary tales as the British health care system marks its 63rd birthday.

Meet some of the victims of nationalized health care ignored by Obamacare fantasizers stateside:

Neglected elderly patients.

Health service executives and residential home managers are failing to ensure that elderly patients are seen by GPs, receive the therapy, out-of-hours care and specialist dementia treatments that they need, it said.

Doctors often simply tell staff that residents should go to straight to hospital, while some state-funded medics are reluctant to help privately-run care homes for ideological reasons, the report suggested.

The British Geriatrics Society, which conducted the inquiry, condemned the “betrayal” of elderly residents by an NHS that is “ageist” and treats patients in care homes as a “low priority”.

The report called on ministers to set clear national rules for doctors and hospitals on the services they must provide to care home residents.

The findings follow a series of highly critical reports from health inspectors at the Care Quality Commission into the neglect of the elderly in NHS hospitals. The watchdog found problems at a quarter of hospitals inspected, with dehydrated elderly patients being prescribed water and others left without being fed.

In a 50-page report, the British Geriatrics Society detailed evidence taken from care homes, academics, the NHS, and social services. It found that the health service was failing to guarantee adequate care to an estimated 400,000 older people in British care homes.

Women and their unborn babies with Downs Syndrome or disabilities.

Shocking new statistics have been produced in England after a pro-life organization won its bid to make some abortion numbers public that the government had failed to disclose concerning abortions on disabled babies.

The numbers reveal, thousands of babies victimized by abortion merely because they were mentally or physically disabled — including 500 abortions done on unborn children who have Down syndrome. In total, 2,290 abortions were done on disabled babies with 147 done after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The London Daily Mail indicates the statistics for England and Wales came after the Department of Health followed a Freedom of Information Request from the Pro Life Alliance, which won a 5-year battle to make the figures public and the figures are the first in over 10 years. The ways in which disabled babies are targeted by abortion makes it clear why the government was reluctant to make them available.

Julia Millington, spokeswoman for the ProLife Alliance, told the newspaper, “This is a great victory for transparency and freedom of speech and we are delighted that full information about the justification for late abortions is now being made available in the same detail as it was in 2001.”

The abortion numbers showed 482 babies aborted who had Down syndrome, including 10 aborted after 24 weeks; 123 babies who died in abortions with the nervous disorder spina bifida; abortions were done on 181 babies who had a club foot or other musculoskeletal problems, including 8 killed after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Seven babies who had cleft palates were victims of abortion.

Pregnant young girls and teens.

More than a thousand girls a year aged under 15 have an abortion, figures revealed.

Terminations are being carried out on youngsters aged just 12 or 13 who have only just started secondary school.

And every year nearly 4,000 procedures are undertaken on girls who have not yet reached their 16th birthday, the legal age of consent.

Campaigners warned that the alarming figures, revealed by the Department of Health, were representative of a society where abortion was ‘on demand’ – even for very young girls who legally should not be having sex.

The official statistics show that since 2002 more than 35,262 abortions were carried out on girls under the age of 16.

Last year 3,718 procedures were carried out on girls aged 15 or under – including 1,042 on girls aged 14 or younger. Of these girls, 134 were just 13 and two just 12 years old.

Christian medical providers.

Margaret Forrester discussed the booklet with family planning staff at the health centre where she worked because she felt that the NHS was failing to give patients information about the risks and other options to terminating a pregnancy.

But after a six-month disciplinary process, during which Ms Forrester had to fight her own case and became ill, she was found guilty of “gross professional misconduct” and fired.

She has spoken out over the “scandal” of the pro-abortion culture in the medical profession and claimed that Christians were “an easy target” for “politically correct” bureaucrats in the NHS.

“The NHS has a pro-abortion stance which comes from a secular religion. It is a belief system which is aggressively anti-Christian,” she said.

Surgery patients.

Patients are being put at risk because faulty surgical equipment is routinely used in operations in NHS hospitals, an investigation has found.

Experts say as many as a fifth of the scalpels, forceps, clamps and other instruments used in surgery would fail basic safety checks.

In some cases surgeons’ gloves have been torn by sharp protrusions on implements, enabling bacteria to pass through and infect patients.

An investigation by BBC1’s Panorama programme, to be screened tonight, found just one hospital trust in England, Barts and the London, checks its equipment before allowing it to be used in surgery.

The technician who carries out these safety tests says that on average a fifth of the instruments sent to the hospital are faulty.

Tom Brophy, lead technologist at Barts and the London NHS Trust, also says that on occasions entire batches of equipment are not up to standard and have to be returned.

Whistleblowers.

The Department of Health insists that it has “acted swiftly to deliver on this commitment” by consulting on changes to the NHS constitution and by introducing a new contractual right for NHS employees to raise public-interest concerns. However, patients and staff are unconvinced. Examples continue to emerge from hospitals and care homes for vulnerable patients where whistleblowers have been ignored.

Peter Walsh, the chief executive of patient-safety charity Action against Medical Accidents , said: “The Government’s approach to whistleblowers is totally inadequate. We have fine words and guidance in abundance but NHS organisations have shown a consistent ability to work outside the spirit of these well-intended measures, and regulators seem to stand by when organisations blatantly flout them.”

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