In the following article, The Telegraph reconsiders the LCP.
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The Telegraph concurs –
The clouds now engulfing the LCP became particularly stormy last week with the main professional body, the Association for Palliative Medicine, a co-signatory to the consensus agreement, breaking ranks to propose that fresh research explores public and professional doubts around what it prefers to call “integrated care pathways”.
This is a term for LCP-lookalike systems. The association’s president, Oxford-based Dr Bee Wee, wrote on the association’s website: “Instead of simply defending the concept [of the LCP], or reiterating that if only it were used properly, it would be OK, it might be more helpful to stand back a bit, identify and explore the concerns properly.”
She declined, through the association, to explain what precisely she means, but her words appear to imply that her doubts extend beyond bad practice to something potentially more fundamental. Indeed, what is striking is that so many of the organisations that put their names to the consensus agreement have, when contacted, refused invitations to make their positions clear.The Telegraph article follows -