These comments posted here -
A letter to The Examiner -
Pathway should lead to a pain-free death
by Val Javin, Huddersfield Daily Examiner Jan 18 2013
BigJen wrote:HS - I think your posting is not helpful.
The Liverpool Care Pathway, used properly, is a dignified end for many people. For most it is a matter of hours or days, and as hardly anyone would starve to death in that period, what you say is not right. The LCP allows carers, both professional and family/friends, to concentrate on keeping the patient/loved one comfortable and pain free in their last hours or days. Having seen my own mum being what I consider "force-fed" when she did not want or was not able to eat was almost unbearable. She has advanced AD and is clearly shutting down.
No one can give permission for another adult to undergo any treatment, so no one can formally "agree to the pathway". If the patient has no capacity then doctors will do what is in the best interests of the patient, albeit they will usually, as a courtesy, discuss it with family.
I am not sure how Article 2 is applicable. Who is depriving who of life? Merely no longer keeping someone alive by drips and PEGs etc is not "murder" which you seem to imply.