The number of old-age pensioners receiving criminal convictions for things like assault, affray, drug dealing and poaching is on the rise. Well I’m not bloody surprised! With advances in medical science we now live much longer than we did fifty years ago. The elderly are probably BORED! I myself witnessed a gang of 30 pensioners using CUSTOMISED Zimmer frames to shove people out-of-the-way whilst rampaging through my town at 2 miles per hour emptying colostomy bags over parked cars, including mine. I wasn’t bothered, it needed washing anyway. With thousands upon thousands of individuals in the UK now aged 100+, has no one thought to promote a regular disco night for the over 99s? Zimmer frame line dancing could be the next big thing!
In 1909 the average lifespan for a UK male was 48. Now it is roughly 77. Scientists are a step closer to being able to repair the damage done by heart attacks using a ‘cocktail of genes’ to transform scar tissue into working heart muscle. Within 10 years it is likely scientists will be able to print a 3-D heart using donor cells. Amazing…wonderful, but hang on a moment. Are we not being kept alive ‘artificially’, and well past our sell-by-dates? Can the state afford to keep paying for us? Yes, the UK government has deferred our old age pensions by five years, and may well extend it further, but if jobs are few and far between for the young, then it stands to reason there must be even fewer jobs available for the elderly! The question is, how long do you actually want to live to? 90…100…longer? How do you intend occupying yourself?
There comes a point when enough is enough! Clinging to life just for the sake of it seems to me, somewhat pointless! Do you really want to spend 30 years glued to the television watching another game show, or sitting on the river bank hooking that same old fish time and time again? Look, I’m not trying to rubbish your existence…indeed the quality of your life might be excellent, BUT, if the young keep breeding and the elderly stop dying…why there won’t be any room on Earth to swing a cat! Seventeen million people died in World War One, sixty million plus in World War Two, but it didn’t put a dent in our reproductive cycle. Currently there are over 7,174,167 billion of us, and we are relentlessly munching our way through the planets resources, and these are not inexhaustible!
Heart disease…banished. Failing livers and lungs replaced. Several types of cancers…survivable. Limbs…replaced. At what point does anyone say to you, now listen my friend, this is the time for you to die? Who is to take the responsibility? I know of a woman in her eighties who only five years was dying from septicemia. Some might have said it was her time to die, however, she was offered an experimental drug that cost £68,000, (the annual salary for a consultant.) The patient is currently alive, but in poor physical shape, as is the quality of her life! I suspect the lady in question would have been happy to call it a day five years ago.
Having been kept alive artificially, many elderly people who can no longer look after themselves must sell their homes in order to be cared for in residential homes, which cost a minimum of £700 a week. Here, in order to minimise overheads, patients are kept sedated through medication and appear zombie-like when visited by relatives. What kind of quality of life is that? Where is the dignity?
You think Western society is sophisticated? Our machinery might be, but we are not. A wild animal knows when its going to die. It will leave its pack, colony or domain to find a quiet spot in which to die, and when it is no more, other creatures in the food chain will seek it out and feed off its carcass in order to sustain themselves. There is no waste. Now THAT is sophisticated behaviour!
Don’t keep calm and carry on…when you’ve had enough, say so!
*Births today=22,000+. Deaths today=9,000+. Population growth today=13,000+. Babies are being born at a rate of 3 every second. How many babies do you think have been born during the time it’s taken you to read my blog?
LABOUR are scaremongering again! They claim, that despite the coalition Government’s plan to cap costs to the elderly at £72,000, pensioners requiring residential care could be forced to spend £150,000 of their own money…if they’ve got it…before receiving any government help with care bills. The Labour Party goes even further, suggesting that many people will die before reaching the cap. In any event, a lot of children will lose their inheritances, despite their parents spending a lifetime paying taxes! Absolutely shocking!
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, some GPs have been paid bonuses to put elderly patients on controversial ‘death lists’ in an attempt to save the NHS money by cutting the number of people who die in hospital. The cost of a hospital bed is £200 a day. Doctors have been given £50 a time to draw up ‘end-of-life advanced care plans’ for patients they predict will pass away within a year. Supposedly the payments are designed to encourage doctors to start talking about death with elderly and seriously ill patients and to keep a record of where, ideally, they would like to die. Patients were asked to stipulate where they would like to die, whether they wished to be resuscitated, and what drugs they wanted in their final hours. Apparently, every death that takes place outside of hospital saves the NHS almost £1,000. The Mail on Sunday revealed ambulance crews can refuse to take extremely ill people to hospital if they have stated on their care plan they want to die at home.
Whereas I object to surgeries selling a patient’s personal medical history, I don’t see any problem with the end of life advanced care plan. If I was terminally ill, but not suffering, I would want to die at home or in a care home. Frankly the last place I would want to die would be in hospital surrounded by strangers! How about you?
Government watchdog OFWAT has blocked Thames Water’s bid to add a £29:00 surcharge to household bills next year, calling it ‘unjustified. Fair dues, but how come the UK Government has allowed the utility companies carte blanche to increase gas and electricity costs to the consumer as and when they feel the need? This winter we all face an average billing increase of between 8% and 10%. What’s going on? Many elderly people facing ‘fuel poverty’ would be better off in hospital! For the rest of us? It may well turn out to be cheaper to live in our cars. Keep the engine running and turn the heater to full blast!
My friend Mehmet runs a dry cleaning business. Over the last 4 years he has seen a drop in business of 40%, yet his monthly gas bill remains £600! Since gas & electricity have become luxury items, you have to question our government’s competence to rule! Premier David Cameron said; ‘We’re all in it together!’ I guess that was just another of his sound bites. I bet it will be really quite cosy in the Palace of Westminster this winter! Heating on full, complimentary cocaine in the toilets and cut price cordon bleu food in the canteen! What, no whores?
England’s official health monitor, ‘PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND’ is to SCRAP a regular report into national mortality rates due to the unexpected SPIKE in death among the ELDERLY. I think it’s a question of ‘F**K, too many of the elderly are dying from poor care, neglect and negligence in hospitals and in care homes…don’t release the figures!’ The public? We might be fools, but we’re not idiots! Too may of us are living too long due to the closure of dangerous industries and advances in medical science, and governments don’t like it.
In 1909, the British government offered men over 70 years of age their first State pension of 5 shillings a week. Britain could afford it. It was after all the richest country on earth, and besides, the average life expectancy for a male was 48, so in reality, how much was this great public relations exercise going to cost the government…almost bupkis! Oh how things have changed, for now there is no profit to be made out of a pensioner.