Schreibtischtäter At Lowell General Hospital?
I love the way the German language synthesizes words. This beauty was coined by Hannah Arendt when covering the trials of Adolf Eichmann and his administrative staff of “Desk Murderers!” Now is the time to ask whether our corporate hospitals, following the guidelines of the administrative state, are in fact hotbeds of “Schreibtischtäter.”
We have all read the stories of desperate families trying to get their loved ones with Covid effective treatment in hospitals which are following the official narrative. A few of these stories end in recovery and joy, but in many more, the hospital plays out the legal challenges until the patient passes. Lowell General Hospital in Mass. just committed “Desk Murder” of John Irish by refusing to discuss any treatment beyond Remdesivir, which doesn’t work for a lot of people, and a ventilator, which is usually terminal for Covid patients.
The doctors and nursing staff, employed by a heartless corporation which is afraid to deviate from official guidelines, become themselves so fearful for their continued employment, that they, too, refuse to administer anything which is not approved from on high. The Patient Advocate was shown to be advocating only for the hospital’s position, and refused to listen to to the pleas of John’s wife for alternative treatment, notwithstanding the longstanding deference to terminal patients to try any approved drug “off label,” or the recently signed (Trump) Federal “Right to Try” law which codifies that right. Curiously, NH was one of 41 states which had “Right to Try” laws prior to 2018. Massachusetts conspicuously did not.
Actions like these make the administrators who set rigid policies ‘Schreibtischtäter‘ and the medical staff guilty of “just following orders.”
Maybe old habits die hard (IE Massachusetts’ longstanding denial of Right to Try), but refusing to honor a Federal law makes the hospital and its functionaries into criminals. Is there a lawyer wiling to sue for wrongful death, malpractice, and more? No administrator should be absolved of guilt for failing to follow Federal law, and no doctor should be absolved for following orders instead of the Hippocratic Oath and their conscience. Souls have been sold in this era of Covid, and they need to be sent to Hell!
Am I calling administrators like this “a bunch of little Eichmanns?” Hell, yes!
For reference, only yesterday, American thinker carried this piece by a doctor on the death of trust in doctors and hospitals.
Bonus, for fans of CLUE, Whodunnit? “The Administrator, in the office, with a pen!”
Footnote: My dear departed wife, Mar-Mar, suffered from ill health for her last eight years, and recovered from near death experiences so often that cats were jealous of her nine(+) lives. Well, one time she was hospitalized in quite bad condition, and was put on a ventilator in an NH hospital – what a difference a couple of years makes – the hospital tried everything, but most importantly, could not get her off the ventilator fast enough because long term use is bad for the patient – ya think?!?
Mike is a British import of more than 30 years, who was a conservative in the days of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.
A staunch constitutionalist, Mike espouses all good causes toward the libertarian side of conservative – EG he who governs least, governs best. He believes that the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights mean what they say, and that candidates for office should take their oaths of office seriously.
Here to defend, without irony “Your rights as Englishmen from distant and tyrannical government”, Mike knows whereof he speaks and exhorts all US citizens to live, breathe and teach our history and our constitution.