Yes, My Lords; no, My Lords. It is like the Emperor's new clothes and, in true Kafka's 'Castle' fashion, everyone trumps up with the same, well-rehearsed responses. Of course, My Lords…
When should you use the Liverpool care pathway in practice?
A group of doctors have suggested the LCP is being used to ease the pressure on resources.
The Department of Health said the decision to use the pathway should involve patients and family members, and a patient’s condition should be closely monitored.
Sometimes patients improve and they are taken off the LCP and given whatever treatments best suit their new needs.
This is a pretty mixed bag of responses. They are telling and worrying as these are from people actually in the profession using the LCP.
Yes, My Lords; no, My Lords. But is not a review or investigation not truly warranted, My Lords?
And is it 'training', or the lack of it,- or is it design...?
Elderly patients are being 'deprived of food and drink so they die quicker and free up bed space', claim doctors
· Six doctors say the 'care pathway' practice could be being used in
hospitals to ease pressure on resources UK
· They say in the elderly natural death was more often free of pain and distress
By EMILY ALLEN
Thousands of terminally ill people are placed on a 'care pathway' every year to hasten the ends of their lives.
But in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, six doctors who specialise in elderly care said hospitals across the UK could be using the controversial practice to ease the pressure on resources.
|Warning: Hospitals may be withholding food and drink from elderly patients so they die quicker to cut costs and save on bad spaces (file picture)|
The practise is backed by the Department of Health.
But the six experts told the Daily Telegraph that in the elderly, natural death was more often free of pain and distress.
The group warned that not all doctors were acquiring the correct consent from patients and are failing to ask about what they wanted while they were still able to decide.
Claims: Experts say in the elderly natural death is more often pain free (file picture)
The doctors say that this has led to an increase in patients carrying a card stating that they do not want this 'pathway' treatment in the last days of their lives.
One of the letter's signatories, Dr Gillian Craig, a retired geriatrician and former vice-chairman of the Medical Ethics Alliance, told the newspaper: 'If you are cynical about it, as I am, you can see it as a cost-cutting measure, if you don't want your beds to be filled with old people.'
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'People coming to the end of their lives should have a right to high quality, compassionate and dignified care.
'The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is not about saving money. It is an established and respected tool that is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) and has overwhelming support from clinicians at home and abroad.
'The decision to use the pathway should involve patients and family members, and a patient's condition should be closely monitored.
'If, as sometimes happens, a patient improves, they are taken off the LCP and given whatever treatments best suit their new needs.
'Designing' Public Opinion
Vile ideas are everywhere being ‘floated’ and to what purpose and for what agenda, we care not to think – or dare not to imagine.