Today's headlines in the Daily Mail:
Four patients die thirsty or starving EVERY DAY on our hospital wards show damning new statistics
Data shows 1,316 deaths were linked to or directly caused by dehydration and malnutrition in 2010
Figures are far higher than in 2000, when 862 deaths were recorded
One hospital forced to prescribe drinking water for its patients
As in WHSmith's experience, care is usually good, with notable exceptions; waiting lists are long. If people want/need immediate care or faster care, if they have private insurance they can go to a BUPA private hospital.
If the elderly are such a burden to society, and alcohol and tobacco are so bad for health, why doesn't government provide cut-rate tobacco and alcohol for all pensioners that want it and let them die happy?