For the NHS’s Reputation Sake Alfie Evans MUST die

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For the NHS's Reputation Sake Alfie Evans MUST die

[cap­tion id=“attachment_106810” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”] a death sen­tence in Eng­land circa 1912 via Wikipedia[/caption]

Nicholas Angel: You should be ashamed! Call­ing your­self a com­mu­nity that cares!
James Reaper: Oh, but we do care Nicholas!
Joyce Cooper: It’s all about the greater good!
NWA Mem­bers: [echo­ing in agree­ment] The greater good…
Nicholas Angel: How can this be for the greater good?
NWA Mem­bers: [echo­ing] The greater good…

Hot Fuzz 2007

Yes­ter­day I told you about Alfie Evans the 23 month old Tod­dler who was removed from life sup­port but kept on liv­ing. Alfie Evans spent the feast of St. George, Patron of Eng­land defy­ing the odds by con­tin­u­ing to breathe on his own despite a court order remov­ing him from life sup­port the British Gov­ern­ment, appar­ently upset that this 23 month old British sub­ject refuses to sur­ren­der is life has decided to go with plan B. They have decided to deny him food.

tod­dler Alfie Evans is being starved to death by the hos­pi­tal look­ing after him, the boy’s father Tom confirmed.

The 23-​month-​old is now approach­ing 24 hours since being removed from his ven­ti­la­tor. Tom says his son is still fight­ing, but he needs food.

Mind you Alfie has been granted Ital­ian cit­i­zen­ship, the Pope has appealed to the coun­try and an ambu­lance is wait­ing to take the child to Rome for treat­ment with­out delay the moment the UK will allow it.

They will not. This com­ment is from a self described: “pas­sion­ate and unapolo­getic defender of the NHS

Given that this doc­tor and the NHS has given up on young Alfie there is no log­i­cal rea­son pre­vent his par­ents from seek­ing treat­ment out­side the UK as it as the only shot he has for life. To the nor­mal sane per­son (and to Brits of just few gen­er­a­tions ago) such a deci­sion to deny par­ents such this option which has been freely offered would be inex­plic­a­ble but there is actu­ally, in my opin­ion, a very sim­ple explanation.

I sub­mit and sug­gest the British gov­ern­ment is not afraid that treat­ment in Italy to save Alfie’s life would prove futile and result in his death, they are afraid that it would prove suc­cess­ful and he might live.

You see if Alfie Evans lives then every patient whose par­ents, friends or spouse have been con­vinced by the NHS that treat­ment for their loved one is use­less will be ask­ing them­selves if that was really the case in their sit­u­a­tion. Was the NHS sim­ply try­ing to con­ser­v­a­tive their bud­get at the cost of their par­ents, friends, spouse, or children’s lives?

And if enough brits decide that the NHS is less con­cerned about pre­serv­ing the lives of British Sub­jects than pro­tect­ing the bureau­cratic sys­tem spawned by the NHS, then those who profit the most from that sys­tem might see a risk to their jobs, rep­u­ta­tions and polit­i­cal future and power.

Now it’s fair to say that Alfie’s odds are not good and if he is allowed to go to Italy for treat­ment it is very prob­a­ble that he will still not live to see his sec­ond birth­day or much beyond it.

But Her Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment and those who wor­ship at the altar of the NHS can’t take even the slight­est chance that Alfie beats the odds, because if he man­ages to sur­vive, or even worse grows up to be a use­ful and pro­duc­tive cit­i­zen he will be a liv­ing breath­ing indict­ment of their system.

There­fore the courts of Eng­land have sen­tenced Alfie Evans to be slowly starved to death and the NHS and the Doc­tors and Nurses within it along with the pols who back it will insist that doing so is for the child’s own good. He gets the Black cap that the vil­lains of Rother­ham will not.

And the NHS will be safe for another day.

Erick Erick­son has Eng­land pegged.

Clos­ing thought #1: If you’ve ever won­dered what those Death Pan­els Sarah Palin was talk­ing about might look like, this is it.

Clos­ing thought #2: Does any­one think for one moment that if this child’s last name was “Wind­sor” and his mother’s maiden name was “Mid­dle­ton” that there would be no ques­tion of leav­ing the nation as Her Majesty’s Gov­ern­ment would spare no expense to pro­vide any treat­ment his par­ents requested?

Clos­ing thought #3 Why is it every time I hear some­one defend­ing starv­ing #alfieevens to dead I hear the NWA mem­bers from the movie #hot­fuzz chant­ing “The Greater good”?


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a death sentence in England circa 1912 via Wikipedia

Nicholas Angel: You should be ashamed! Calling yourself a community that cares!
James Reaper: Oh, but we do care Nicholas!
Joyce Cooper: It’s all about the greater good!
NWA Members: [echoing in agreement] The greater good…
Nicholas Angel: How can this be for the greater good?
NWA Members: [echoing] The greater good…

Hot Fuzz 2007

Yesterday I told you about Alfie Evans the 23 month old Toddler who was removed from life support but kept on living. Alfie Evans spent the feast of St. George, Patron of England defying the odds by continuing to breathe on his own despite a court order removing him from life support the British Government, apparently upset that this 23 month old British subject refuses to surrender is life  has decided to go with plan B.  They have decided to deny him food.

toddler Alfie Evans is being starved to death by the hospital looking after him, the boy’s father Tom confirmed.

The 23-month-old is now approaching 24 hours since being removed from his ventilator. Tom says his son is still fighting, but he needs food. 

Mind you Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship, the Pope has appealed to the country and an ambulance is waiting to take the child to Rome for treatment without delay the moment the UK will allow it.

They will not.  This comment is from a self described: “passionate and unapologetic defender of the NHS”

Given that this doctor and the NHS has given up on young Alfie there is no logical reason prevent his parents from seeking treatment outside the UK as it as the only shot he has for life. To the normal sane person (and to Brits of just few generations ago) such a decision to deny parents such this option which has been freely offered would be inexplicable but there is actually, in my opinion, a very simple explanation.

I submit and suggest the British government is not afraid that treatment in Italy to save Alfie’s life would prove futile and result in his death, they are afraid that it would prove successful and he might live.

You see if Alfie Evans lives then every patient whose parents, friends or spouse have been convinced by the NHS that treatment for their loved one is useless will be asking themselves if that was really the case in their situation. Was the NHS simply trying to conservative their budget at the cost of their parents, friends, spouse, or children’s lives?

And if enough brits decide that the NHS is less concerned about preserving the lives of British Subjects than protecting the bureaucratic system spawned by the NHS,  then those who profit the most from that system might see a risk to their jobs, reputations and political future and power.

Now it’s fair to say that Alfie’s odds are not good and if he is allowed to go to Italy for treatment it is very probable that he will still not live to see his second birthday or much beyond it.

But Her Majesty’s Government and those who worship at the altar of the NHS can’t take even the slightest chance that Alfie beats the odds, because if he manages to survive, or even worse grows up to be a useful and productive citizen he will be a living breathing indictment of their system.

Therefore the courts of England have sentenced Alfie Evans to be slowly starved to death and the NHS and the Doctors and Nurses within it along with the pols who back it will insist that doing so is for the child’s own good. He gets the Black cap that the villains of Rotherham will not.

And the NHS will be safe for another day.

Erick Erickson has England pegged.

Closing thought #1: If you’ve ever wondered what those Death Panels Sarah Palin was talking about might look like, this is it.

Closing thought #2: Does anyone think for one moment that if this child’s last name was “Windsor” and his mother’s maiden name was “Middleton” that there would be no question of leaving the nation as Her Majesty’s Government would spare no expense to provide any treatment his parents requested?

Closing thought #3  Why is it every time I hear someone defending starving #alfieevens to dead I hear the NWA members from the movie #hotfuzz chanting “The Greater good”?


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