Gastric and weight-loss surgeon Andrew de Beaux questioned whether it was worth paying for treatments which may have little benefit for cancer patients in their last weeks of life.
Instead, he said, the money could be better spent on potentially life-changing weight-loss surgery.Of the sort that de Beaux carries out, I presume? And would like to continue carrying out, maybe even increase his workload?
More than a quarter of adults in Scotland are obese, costing the health service more than £450million each year, according to a report last autumn.
De Beaux said: “If someone is in pain and needing palliative care, I would not be against that. ”Oh, my..! How gracious of you!
“But I do have reservations about the fact that in oesophageal and gastric cancer we spend £20,000 to £30,000 on palliative care per patient and that gives them six to eight weeks of life.
“Is that money well spent when you have so many other conditions?”Well, I’d guess to the patients who get that six to eight weeks to help them put their affairs in order, it must seem so.
After all, they can’t alleviate their cancer any other way, can they? They can’t diet their cancer away, unlike your patients…
He added that some expensive treatments for terminally ill patients have very little benefit but money is spent on them because it is an “emotive” situation.Well, yes. Dying is often pretty emotive.
I imagine there’d even be people upset to see someone like you – insensitive and thoughtless as you are – shuffle off this mortal coil.
He added: “Being overweight causes terrible suffering. These people are having their lives shortened by their size while we treat other diseases. There are huge inequalities.”I’m sure being overweight does cause ‘terrible suffering’.
But…it’s not really in the same bracket as a fatal disease that you don’t catch from stuffing your face with pies. Is it?