The ‘Telegraph’ Rolls Out Dr Max Pemberton To Show Doctors Aren’t Supercilious Authoritarians With A God Complex…

…and I think it’s safe to say ‘Epic, monumental FAIL!’ on that one:

Should the police be involved in the Kings’ case? Despite this being a painful and sensitive situation, I think it is only right that they are – for two reasons.

First, we only have the parents’ say-so that Ashya is well. What they have done may be understandable, but it remains an unusual, extreme act, particularly given the dramatic manner in which they left the hospital (Ed: What, did they abseil out the windows?). The state has a duty of care to ensure that their son is looked after appropriately and we must satisfy ourselves that this is the case. At present, we cannot do that. Numbed by their grief and devastation, Ashya’s parents are not necessarily acting in his best interests, regardless of how it feels to them at this moment.

Second, it is right for the police to act for the sake of the parents themselves. Whatever the outcome of Ashya’s treatment, in years to come they may well look back on this episode and, as I have seen with many patients, regret the manner in which events unfolded.

With hindsight, they may well wish that they had behaved differently; done things formally and properly and worked with the hospital and medical team and not against them. If things were to go wrong while Ashya was out of hospital, his parents would never forgive themselves.

Yes, they should shut up, let the doctors do as they wish, and ‘work with’ the people who threaten to get court orders to remove access to their own children should they disagree with them. and who are perfectly happy to lie to the police to do this.

6 comments for “The ‘Telegraph’ Rolls Out Dr Max Pemberton To Show Doctors Aren’t Supercilious Authoritarians With A God Complex…

  1. ivan
    September 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    For a start why does the state have a duty of care over anyone and why does he think the hospital is the state?

    From the tone of what he says it would appear that he is a supporter of the ‘Liverpool care pathway’ system.

    As for calling in the police…

  2. Roue le Jour
    September 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    If I might point out a logical disconnect. The basis of the EAW is that all countries comprising the EU are civilised with similar standard justice systems, therefore there is no harm in shipping wanted people around because they are going to get the same standard of justice where ever they are.

    Soooo, why doesn’t the same argument apply to health services? All civilised countries with similar standards of care, right? So what’s the problem if I want my nipper cared for there rather than here?

    • mona
      September 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Excellent point, raping and prostituting children was almost recognised as a legal activity by our police and local councils but taking your child to a safer enviroment in the hope of saving their life is not.

  3. mike fowle
    September 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    When Max started to write for the Tele a long time ago, he came across as a normal human being, genuinely appalled at the sheer callousness and lack of compassion of a large bureaucratic organisation. But over the years he has become “house trained” as civil servants say, leaping to defend his employer and obligingly forgetting his humanity.

  4. September 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Of course the NHS spat out its dummy. What else could it do?

    They won’t provide proton beam therapy so of course no one else should be allowed to have it. It wouldn’t be “fair and equitable”.

    How dare anyone not think the NHS is not the best in the world. Auntie beeb keeps telling us all that it is.

  5. Lord T
    September 7, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I think this one will settle out of court and be brushed under the carpet by our free and impartial media. It makes a nice distraction from the other political fuck ups but we have to remember that there are a lot more of these people, denied basic health care because they are too old, too fat, smoke, etc. selfish bastards wanting something back from their decades of payments.

    It’ll be back in the news when someone snaps and terminates a few doctors or nurses, sadly, never the decision makers but the front line (what an apt description) workers. Soon nobody will want a job on the front line but the state will just send you there as a slave.

    It just can’t go on the way it is.

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