World Bulletin / News Desk
New revelations show that general practitioners in the UK have been receiving £50 bonuses for placing patients on ‘death lists’. The Daily Mail, which revealed the scandal, reported that the move is a new measure to help cut National Health Service expenditure.
Doctors who predict patients will die within a year place patients on the list, with the key objective being to shift the place of death away from hospitals into homes. This is expected to save the NHS approximately £1000 per death.
The UK has an increasingly aging population, with the NHS expecting the number of people with long-term illnesses to jump to 2.9 million by 2018, up from 1.9 million in 2008. It is believed that the financially struggling NHS will not be able to cope with this change in demographics.
Although officials have said that the move is to simply cater for the 66% of terminally ill people who prefer to die at home, many speculate that the already understaffed NHS is taking advantage of this statistic to cut back on spending.Last Mod: 21 Ekim 2013, 12:15