There are countless anecdotal accounts of abuses of the
Pathway to be found in print and on the Internet, in the news and posted on
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Are these accounts all mere hysterical and inaccurate hearsay? Is this all just idle talk, sensationalist and not to be trusted to contain even a germ of truth? Have they no basis at all in fact? These accounts are heartfelt, often angry.
Here is an account by Professor Pullicino –
In June, Pullicino addressed the Royal Society of Medicine on the issue and related a personal example. One of his patients, a 71-year-old with epilepsy and pneumonia, was put on the Liverpool Care Pathway by a covering doctor on a weekend shift.
When Pullicino returned to work on Monday, "I removed the patient from the LCP, despite significant resistance," he said. "His seizures came under control, and, four weeks later, he was discharged home to his family."