NHS doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.
Professor Patrick Pullicino said doctors had turned the use of a controversial ‘death pathway’ into the equivalent of euthanasia of the elderly.link
There is a fuzzy line here. Some of this is reasonable and what the patient might want if they were able to speak. Fuzzy lines are of fundamental importance to all civilizations. There is no formula for how to enforce or deal with fuzzy lines like this. As individuals, all we can do is our best. When people in power, such as on-duty doctors in this case, go too far it is not easy to correct the problem. The terrible Western response to covid can be understood as many people going too far in crossing fuzzy lines of authority, science, pseudoscience. This is a big area worth plenty of thought.
Interpersonally, fuzzy lines of communication and behavior can be explored with great accuracy through the FIML method. But FIML would not work in a hospital or at the CDC unless all parties were FIML practitioners. Recent support for infanticide or transgender operations on children are examples of other fuzzy lines that have been crossed way too far. ABN