Following my blog yesterday, Looking back, to move forward, I felt it important to highlight one comment made, as a separate blog. I had replied by saying I was saddened by such a comment, but not surprised.
“A prominent ER doctor addressed an online group I was in developing guidelines for people with dementia admitted to hospital during the COVID19 pandemic several months ago.
I asked him about people with dementia in a COVID19 crisis, and he readily stated that if someone came to his ER with a dementia diagnosis he would not treat and allow them to die.
His words were bad enough, but his tone and body language was such as we are irrelevant and lower class and of no further use.”
Yes. This was a medical doctor.
In the year 2020.
And I’m much more saddened and horrified than I can adequately express. Totally disgusted; such callousness towards people with dementia is despicable. I feel very sorry for anyone who might be UNLUCKY enough to be his patient. Now and into the future. If I knew this doctors name, I’d post it here.
Attitudes like this are why I so often say the worst examples of poor care (… or from this doctor, no care), stigma and discrimination, come from within the very sectors who are paid highly to care for us.
Not even a God (or your equivalent) can help people with dementia, whilst ever we have people like this doctor in charge of our care.