A right wing think tank with close links to the Prime Minister caused a storm today with their radical proposals for NHS cost savings. The most controversial of these is reducing the amount of morphine given to terminally ill patients.
Jeremy Ticehurst of Policy Exchange says that patients receiving end of life care should no longer be allowed unrestricted access to morphine.
"The terminally ill have had it far too good for far too long. They can no longer expect the tax payer to pick up the tab for their pain relief", he said. "Some of these people hang on for weeks or months blocking beds and draining resources . They are expensive and totally unsustainable in the current financial climate. We are all in this together and there can be no exceptions for people just because they are about to die."
"Nobody is saying that they shouldn't be allowed any morphine, all we are advocating is rationing the dose. If the patient wishes to top up their pain relief at their own expense then they are welcome to do so."
The Prime Minister is understood to see this as an ideal situation whereby savings can be made without any detrimental effect at the ballot box as those affected will be dead by the time of the next election.
Critics meanwhile have slammed the proposal as creating a two tier hospice system with the rich dying happy whilst the poor are left to quite literally feel the pain of the recession.