Dr Kate Granger: A dear lady whose tragic personal circumstances and predicament must excuse criticism and yet whose determined words and actions demand it.
Dr Kate Granger writes in the New Statesman -
As a terminally-ill patient I find these stories extremely worrying given what the next few months hold for me. If it were not for my background I would start to doubt the underlying motives of the healthcare professionals providing my end-of-life care. The irresponsible reporting I feel is gradually chipping away at the essential foundation of trust that we as patients should always have in our doctors.
I feel infuriated about the accusations of "backdoor euthanasia" undermining the care doctors and nurses provide on a daily basis. I also worry that the threat of litigation may drive skilled and compassionate clinicians away from the NHS. The challenge that now faces us as doctors is to overcome the misleading reporting and be able to discuss these issues calmly, objectively and attentively to patients facing death and their relatives.
There have clearly been episodes of care that have been sub-standard described in the papers. This saddens me that at such an important time in someone’s life the NHS is sometimes failing them, but I believe this cannot be blamed solely on the LCP. I feel it is because of inadequate communication or inappropriate use of the pathway with failure to follow the guidelines and lack of on-going training.
So, as someone dying of cancer in the foreseeable future and who looks after patients in the very final stages of their lives on a daily basis, the scare-mongering and sensationalist reporting of the issues involved - in particular the LCP - has caused me a great deal of personal anguish. It is going to take a monumental effort to restore public trust in our end-of-life care practices after the damage done by the media, but I believe we will in time restore that trust by expressing compassion and doing our absolute best for these patients and their families.
Kate Granger is a doctor, a cancer patient, and the author of The Other Side
There are people also in a state of personal anguish whose loved ones have suffered and perished because of this murderous protocol.
There are people also infuriated whose loved ones have suffered and perished because of this murderous protocol.
There are people also who worry that litigation embarked on by Managers and Doctors may cause loved ones to suffer and perish because of this murderous protocol.
There are people who make accusations, not merely of "back-door euthanasia", but of murder, whose loved ones have suffered and perished because of this murderous protocol.
The National-socialist Health Service is rife with reports of sub-standard care and murderous actions by medical practitioners. Small wonder such a service has been tasked with responsibility to perform its protocols.
This is inexcusable.
We, whose loved ones have suffered and perished because of this murderous protocol,
do hope that this year will see justice done and that a foundation of trust might be restored.