Michael Buerk says the NHS should save money by allowing the obese to die early – 11 scathing reactions

Everybody else:
Michael Buerk: Let fat people die to save the NHS money.

It sounds like a joke, but it’s actually a paraphrase of what he really said, which was this:

“How much would he or she cost if, instead of keeling over with a heart attack at 52, they live to a ripe, dementia-ridden old age, requiring decades of expensive care?”

“Leave couch potatoes alone. They’re weak, not ill.”

His comment clearly came across as brutal, because the response online was almost entirely negative. These comments were typical.

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Writer Will Black thought he might have an idea how this had happened.

But it was comedian Janey Godley who had an answer.

It might just work.

H/T: Mirror

Thumbnail screenshot – ITV

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