Down-putting off-putting

September 19, 2008

Move it along, old-timers, move it along:

Elderly people suffering from dementia should consider ending their lives because they are a burden on the NHS and their families, according to the influential medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock.
The veteran Government adviser said pensioners in mental decline are “wasting people’s lives” because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain.

She insisted there was “nothing wrong” with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society.

The 84-year-old added that she hoped people will soon be “licensed to put others down” if they are unable to look after themselves.

I doubt if that attitude is widespread yet, but I bet it’s shared by more people than we’d like to think. “Licensed to put others down” — there’s a phrase to give us nightmares.

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One Response to “Down-putting off-putting”

  1. Bob G. Says:

    Only one other thing that even comes CLOSE to THAT kind of scary…
    Having “senior care workers” assaulting their clients in the nursing home.

    Lesser of two evils?
    Anyone?

    B.G.


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