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March 18, 2011

Daily Mail: Elderly patients left to die in hospital six miles from Japan's stricken nuclear power plant

Topics: International News

The Daily Mail reports that elderly patients were abandoned to die in Japanese hospitals and care homes devastated by the tsunami amid a worsening humanitarian and nuclear disaster:

Fukushima official Chuei Inamura said the abandoned pensioners were found in Iwaki on Monday, as several explosions rocked the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant.

He said: 'We feel very helpless and very sorry for them,' Inamura said. 'The condition at the gymnasium was horrible. No running water, no medicine and very, very little food. We simply did not have means to provide good care'.

Yukiya Amano, the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, said engineers at the plant were today facing a race against time to stop at even worse catastrophe at the plant. Emergency crews were today spraying the over heating reactors from fire engines as radioactivity continued to leak from the plant.

All the surviving pensioners have now been moved out of the 12-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant. Plans to transfer them to other hospitals were delayed by a shortage of vehicles and fuel and the fact that nearby hospitals were already full.

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Disturbing and sad, yes. Unexpected, not really. Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people, and in the case of the medical personnel that abandoned the elderly patients ... unless there are mitigating circumstances we don't know about ... obviously the worst. It seems that at the very least the medical personnel could have let it be known by authorities that the patients were being left to fend for themselves.

Posted by Richard at March 18, 2011 5:02 PM

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