I didn't know how to be more than vaguely uneasy about this story when I read it yesterday. Anna Raccoon (post linked above) explains from a position of knowledge and experience. If you are a British reader, there is a very high chance that she is describing how your life will end; put onto a "care pathway" (a euphemism for being deprived of food and water under sedation) by state employees as a form of healthcare rationing.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has been enlarged and updated to include medical care for similar reasons – to provide legal cover for Doctors and Nurses to take the actions they have always taken; but because we wouldn’t allow an honest debate regarding euthanasia or assisted suicide, it took the only route open to it – that of empowering Doctors to follow the ‘Bland‘ formula, and starve you to death when you were no longer economically sustainable.
It is important to note that food and water administered by a doctor counts as "medical care." As Anna says;
Dying of malnutrition – starvation – or lack of hydration – extreme thirst – is a painful and obscene manner in which to die. It has now become the ‘gold standard’ in end of life care. It has come about because as a nation we refuse to discuss euthanasia or assisted suicide in a reasonable or responsible manner. We become both emotional and obscurist, hiding our true views behind a cloak of carefully crafted language.
These are not occasional hard cases making bad law. This is how 16.5% of Britain's deaths occurred last year. Since those statistics include premature deaths from accident and disease, it must be a higher percentage of deaths among the elderly. I agree with Anna. We need to face our fears and address this issue openly; like adults, not trusting children of a "benevolent" state. Don't listen to us "nut-job" libertarians (still believing crazily, as we do, what the majority of educated people have believed since the Enlightenment). Look at the signatories to yesterday's letter in the Daily Telegraph (reproduced in Anna's post, linked above and discussed here). Then listen to your own reason.
Our lives are our own. They belong neither to the state, nor to the medical profession. No matter how democratic, no government has the right to appropriate our own life and death decisions or delegate them to others. If doctors (under the direction of the Court of Protection or otherwise) are to be authorised to kill, let's have an open debate. Let's agree how and in what circumstances they may do so. Please however, don't throw me the bone of an opt-out. Those of you who have faith in the state's benevolence, feel free to opt in to the right to be starved/dehydrated to death.Renaming killing as a "care pathway" and obfuscating the issue with talk of patient "empowerment" is revolting, cowardly and - it shames me to write - 100% typical of modern Britain.