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Daily Mail report on 60,000 people being put on the dying pathway
"If we put someone on the LCP, it is after families have been spoken too, where we have told them, that their loved one is less well, and time is short."
"We dont always tell them we are putting the patient on the LCP, since in real terms,...it means nothing."
I see, you speak to them, but you don't always tell them...
Because, "in real terms, it means nothing..."
"It doesnt change anything."
This is a Professional LCP Clinician.
This is Norman Lamb in The Telegraph -
"...doctors should not use the term [Liverpool Care Pathway] because it “means nothing” to patients."
Well, it certainly means something to the families of those who have perished on it!
Mr. Lamb said,
"he was “uncomfortable” using the word “pathway” in relation to death. He has asked a panel of experts, who will be undertaking a wide-ranging review of the guidelines, to come up with an alternative."
And so you should be "uncomfortable", Mr. Lamb. It's a 'Brand' with a brand image. It's a tarnished image, just as is the NHS.
But if you change its name,it's still the same; it's still the Devil in Disguise...!
This is The Telegraph -
Liverpool Care Pathway needs name change, says Norman LambThe Liverpool Care Pathway - the controversial set of clinical guidelines for those close to death - should undergo a name change, a minister has suggested.
7:00AM GMT 15 Jan 2013
Norman Lamb, the Care Services Minister, said doctors should not use the term because it “means nothing” to patients.
He also said he was “uncomfortable” using the word “pathway” in relation to death. He has asked a panel of experts, who will be undertaking a wide-ranging review of the guidelines, to come up with an alternative.
Relatives of those put on the pathway have raised considerable concerns over its use in recent months.
Many have said they were not told loved-ones were put on it, while others have claimed patients were left in clear distress after hydration was withheld.
A small number of doctors has even argued the pathway has been used to hasten death - a claim strongly rejected by most medics.
In November Mr Lamb announced the review of the LCP, named because it was developed at the Marie Curie Institute in Liverpool, saying it was "unacceptable" that patients were being put on it without their loved-ones being told.
He has now asked Baroness Julia Neuberger, the cross-bench peer, to chair the review.
Speaking as he announced the appointment, Mr Lamb said: “I have a problem with using a term like ‘Liverpool Care Pathway’.
“What on earth does it mean? I don’t want the term used when dealing with members of the public. The ‘Liverpool Care Pathway’ means nothing to them.”
He continued: “If you referring to a ‘pathway’ in relation to death, I feel uncomfortable with that, because patients won’t understand it.”
Mr Lamb insisted his suggestion to rename the LCP - sometimes coined the ‘death pathway’ - was not an empty rebranding exercise, but an attempt to ensure doctors explained it properly to patients and loved-ones.
He also said the appointment of Baroness Neuberger, a rabbi who has written on the subject of caring for the dying, would ensure a “faith perspective” was brought to the review.
He is giving her until the summer recess to complete the report, saying he did not want to set an “artificial and overly-tight” deadline.