I just used Write To Them to send the following letter to my MP (yup spelling mistakes and all)...
I was disappointed, but not surprised to hear that the NHS are planning
to use heart attack victims as involuntary guinea pigs in a double
blind trial of emergency first response medical practice.
I understand the trial will mean some heart attack victims will,
unknowingly and without consent (informed or otherwise), be given an
injection of saline instead of adrenaline - adrenaline being the
currently accepted best practice globally.
I understand this experiment is intended to see if adrenaline is a
benefit (presumably it this has never actually been verfied before).
However, regardless of the experiment and its objectives, I am
disgusted that the fact the UK has an NHS allows patients to be abused
in this way by medics looking to make a name for theselves by bypassing
even the most minimal ethical practice.
If this experment is so important, why has it not been done before
anywhere else in the world? Why is it being proposed here in the UK
now? I guess the 'now' is because the NHS have grown sufficienty
arrogant to think they are now our masters, and a particular group of
medics are looking for some fame - and 'why the UK' because in all the
world, only the NHS is arrogant and powerful enough to force this on to
the public without their consent.
This trial should not happen, no experiment witholding standard
treatment, without explicit informed consent should ever happen.
If it does however go ahead, I would like to know, should people given
non-standard treatment die or be disabled or injured, how it will be
decided if the non-standard treatment was respoinsible or not? and what
compensation package will be available to the victims (or bereived
relatives) of this nasty NHS experiment?
Measures should be put inplace to ensure that noone in the NHS or
governmet ever again considers the british public as so contemptable
that they can be abused in this way.
The NHS, if it exists at all, should be offering the same (or better)
care as a first class private service - not abusing its peculiar
position as a quangoised monopoly.
The NHS is not Porton Down, and the British Public are not squaddies to
be experimented on.