Do No Harm: Doctors Killing Disabled People?

by Rebekah Maxwell on June 6, 2013
Ah, the beauty of our progressive society.
It seems like only yesterday we were marveling at the UK politician who openly proclaims that disabled children should be killed “like deformed lambs… smashed against a wall.”
This profile in postmodern courage is simply bringing back the oh-so noble idea of eugenics: a means of uplifting society by killing, er…culling out those lesser-evolved humanoids so the higher beings can flourish. Streamlining our species, really.
But a much more practical motivation also exists, and it goes ka-ching.
In a land of nationalized health care, every worker pays into the system, so everybody can access the system. But some people are too weak, too old, too disabled to work. Yet they still need medical treatment, draining the system of resources without contributing to the pot.
The simple solution? Kill off the weak.
That’s what the hospitals in the UK, the paragon of universal health care, are already doing.
According to a government-commissioned study, hospitals in the UK are quite literally killing off disabled citizens–because the healthcare workers believe those patients aren’t worth treating.
From Guardian journalist, and parent of a disabled child, Ian Birrell:
All too many people with disabilities end up being killed by the health service – the very institution supposedly dedicated to saving their lives.
The latest case is distressing and disturbing: Tina Papalabropoulos died after a series of blunders by two NHS organizations.
They delayed Tina’s treatment several times, and allowed her to drink fluids, worsening her life-threatening illness, as the fluids leaked into her lungs. This eventually led to her death.
Quite rightly, her mother, Christine, is angry.
“When your child becomes ill and you need professional help from doctors, you and your child are looked at and you can see their mind working, ‘Is there any point in trying to save this child’s life?’ You can see that they think, ‘This child has an existence and not a life’,” she said.
The loss of this young life was a needless tragedy. But it is far from an isolated one. Each week, 24 disabled people are killed by such prejudiced presumptions.
These shocking figures are based on a government-commissioned inquiry into one region of the country, which found people with disabilities 37% more likely to be killed by incompetence or inadequate care – and their lives end on average 16 years earlier than they should. The more serious the disabilities, the higher the risk.
So, the government’s own study found that doctors and healthcare professionals, entrusted with caring for patients in need, are killing 24 of those patients per week.
Patients like Emma, died of cancer in 2004. The hospital delayed treating her because they said she would not co-operate with treatment and therefore could not consent to it.
Or, Warren, who died of complications after his appendix burst. His mother and father had repeatedly asked whether Warren had appendicitis, but doctors wrongly told them he had a virus.
Tom died after a very delayed diagnosis of an ulcerated esophagus. His parents repeatedly raised concerns over Tom’s expressions of pain, but doctors refused to listen. He was 20 years old.
Martin was admitted to hospital with a stroke when he was 43 years old. While in the hospital, Martin wasn’t given the nutrition he needed. He went for without food for 26-days before he died.
But what do these lives really matter? They’re probably not having a good quality of life anyway, with their physical and mental challenges. They’re burdening their families and their society. And the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
In fact, we should probably snuff out those undesirables, the human weeds, if you will, before they’re even born. Planning our parenthood, you might say.
That would save us all the most time and money…and save us the inconvenient attachment and responsibility that occurs when we think of these lesser humans as persons. As equal in value. As created with a purpose, with souls. Personalities. Smiles.
No, those are yesterday’s delusions. We’re much more progressive than that. It’s not as though the world needs more Stephen Hawkings, Helen Kellers, Stevie Wonders, Albert Einsteins, Franklin D. Roosevelts, Paralympic athletes, or soldiers that lose a limb or two while defending our country. They’re just dragging us down.
And just because eugenics have inspired horrific genocides of millions at the hands of Adolf Hitler and Margaret Sanger, doesn’t mean the idea is bad. They just got carried away. We should give it another chance; after all, we’re enlightened now. And maybe practice makes perfect.