Saturday, 21 May 2011

Dying Matters, but not to the Manx Health Department

Apparently, this week has been Dying Matters Week, though from the Manx government’s take on this (see ) you could be forgiven for thinking it was just another excuse for Christian fundamentalists to make our public health system worse.
If the health department’s ‘independent researcher’ on dying well quotes Cicely Saunders once that suggests poor education and very narrow research parameters. If she quotes Saunders twice it suggests something bordering on learning difficulties, and that has to be a worry to the public.
As I mentioned before, the only thing anyone needs to know about Cicely Saunders is that she picked up a million smackers from the Templeton Foundation the year before they similarly ‘honoured’ Billy Graham and just a few years after they gave the loot to Mother Teresa, who wrote character references for financial criminals and dictators in return for laundered cash.
But on the Death with Dignity website yesterday I learnt that:
“Monday then saw the launch of Dying Matters week. Dying Matters is a national coalition of organisations, of which Dignity in Dying is a member, which aims to "change public attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement". They provide a wealth of resources to help people talk more openly about death, including leaflets and posters to talk with others about dying”.
I wonder why a Manx Health Department presided over by a paid up member of LIFE, and where another senior figure admitted to me once that she never takes a moral decision without talking it through with her priest, forgot to tell us that.
If you want to know more about the real Dying Matters Week go to . Unlike the travesty which will inevitably feed into a Manx government pseudo-consultation on dying well, you may learn something.

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