Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Friday, 13 July 2012
Did you hear about the young patient who died of dehydration in a London hospital because nursing staff would not give him a drink of water? He was so desperately thirsty that he dialled 999 on his mobile phone and called the police to get them to bring him a glass of water, and they rushed to the hospital only to be turned away at reception, and he died of thirst a couple of hours later.
I really don't know the details of this affair, but I think that his medication for a minor ailment produced a thirst in him, but to be refused water anywhere, let alone whilst in hospital defies belief.
I believe it is the law in the UK that if someone walks into a pub and asks for water, the pub is legally obliged to provide some. I know that there must be some medical conditions and procedures that mean a patient must not be given water or anything else by mouth, but to refuse to give a glass of it to someone dying of thirst right in front of you seems utterly inexplicable to me.