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NHS England denies plan to cull older people

Thursday, 27 October 2016

NHS England denies plan to cull older people

The NHS is planning a winter cull of older people in its increasing desperation to stave off an impending financial crisis.

The startling revelation appears in a technical annex to the latest CCG operating guidance (Annex B, Information on Quality Premium), which instructs CCGs to deliver “a reduction in the number of inappropriate OAPs”.

With the ageing population routinely blamed for rising demand for NHS services as well as for the bulk of spending on adult social care, policy makers have been under increasing pressure to address the problem of older people

Commentators have warned that so-called sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) could result in cuts to services, but few expected such drastic measures.

Grey areas

The guidance goes into little detail about the timing or likely scale of the planned “reduction”, nor does it give any clue as to what constitutes an “inappropriate OAP”.

Charities are expected to oppose the plan. One said: “Obviously we’ll need to see the detail, but we’re against genocide in principle. We want to know why it only focuses on older people and fails to mention children and those of working age. This feels like discrimination.”

There are also unanswered questions about the legality of the plan, although the government has hinted that some European laws could be relaxed in the UK post Brexit, including those protecting older people from mass euthanasia.

Repeat prescription

Some believe this may not be a one-off but the first in a planned series of culls to keep NHS finances in the black.

This is strongly signalled in the guidance, where we learn that “in future years there is likely to be an expectation to reduce OAPs for all CCG-commissioned beds.”

A spokesman for NHS England categorically denied the existence of the cull plan and insisted that “OAP” stands for “out of area placement”, which refers to the practice of treating mental health patients away from their usual place of residence.

“He would say that, wouldn’t he,” said an octogenarian who only agreed to talk to us on condition of anonymity.

Conspiracies editor: Julian Patterson


Anonymous says:
Oct 28, 2016 09:47 AM

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Julian Patterson
Julian Patterson says:
Oct 28, 2016 10:22 AM

Hi Anon.
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Mark John Thompson
Mark John Thompson says:
Oct 28, 2016 11:22 AM

On form Julian. Reminds me of Logan's run.

Anonymous says:
Oct 28, 2016 01:11 PM

There goes the village hall committee....

Mr Ed Hogbin
Mr Ed Hogbin says:
Nov 01, 2016 10:25 AM

Clearly Patterson has no idea that he is the problem. Stop posting nonsense like this on a site funded by the NHS. It would be better to stick to the constructive aspects of NHS Networks

Julian Patterson
Julian Patterson says:
Nov 01, 2016 06:52 PM

Dear Ed. Thanks for your comment. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but on a point of fact NHS Networks receives no NHS funding.

Anonymous says:
Nov 04, 2016 09:27 AM

Ed, if funding was available I suggest you try getting sense of humour replacement therapy.

Christopher Giltjes-Vincent
Christopher Giltjes-Vincent says:
Nov 04, 2016 01:50 PM

When we lose the ability to poke fun at ourselves, it's time to pack up and go home. I love my Friday dose of shenanigans.

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Dec 01, 2016 03:51 PM

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