The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening

Last February, Bethany Shipsey died of an apparent overdose of diet pills in the Accident and Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester, England, U.K.  The Coroner has not yet released a full conclusion to the investigation, but an announcement is expected next month.

For years, we’ve heard about the tax burden on the wealthy in the U.K. being eased during the Nineteen-Eighties, as well as the consequences for the general population.  Today, Steve Morris, a journalist with The Guardian, posted a report on the death of a patient last year in an N.H.S. Trust hospital.  It seems likely Bethany Shipsey’s death was due to inadequate funding of the National Health Service.

Hospital emergency departments must use a triage system to decide which patients are seen first.  Although Bethany Shipsey’s condition was dire, she was not at the top of the triage list because doctors and nurses were overwhelmed by other patients’ immediate needs that day.

Please note that bullying by peers is mentioned in Mr. Morris’s article.  It’s very possible that more than one out-of-control situation contributed to this young person’s death.  None of it should have happened, and people must demand to know what is being done to protect other vulnerable young people.

For readers in the United States — and anyone else who is unfamiliar with the background — links to descriptions of the N.H.S. Trust and the N.H.S. in general appear below.  Worcestershire Royal Hospital is an N.H.S. Trust facility.  Please also click the link to Steve Morris’s Guardian report.

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