Socialized medicine in action [series]

Ann Clwyd has said regrets that she didn’t “stand in the hospital corridor and scream” in protest at the “almost callous lack of care” with which nurses treated her husband as he lay dying in the University Hospital of Wales. Clwyd, a Member of Parliament, told The Guardian she fears a “normalization of cruelty” is now rife among nurses employed by the National Health Service. Describing how her 6’2” husband lay crushed “like a battery hen” against the bars of his hospital bed with an oxygen mask so small it cut into his face and pumped cold air into his infected eye, Clwyd said nurses treated the dying man with “coldness, resentment, indifference and even contempt”. Read it all.