In an interview with BBC-4, consultant cardiologist James Beattie (Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in Birmingham) argues that hospitals should let more elderly patients die.
Several papers report on the radio interview. The Daily Mail title is provocative: "Let More Elderly Die . . . Patients with Low Quality of Life Should Not Be Saved." Salon reports with the less provocative title "Let the Dying Die."
But the sensationalism is misplaced. The statistics and recommendations are familiar. Still, they remain under-addressed both in the UK and in the USA.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Hospitals Should Let More Elderly Patients Die
Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. <> <> He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. <> <> Professor Pope is an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and medical ethics. He has over 120 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He also coauthors the definitive 1500-page treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking.