There may come a time when the unaffordable will realise, finally, the unthinkable.
This from these pages:
"A bad death is no longer acceptable. The time for change is now. When we care for the dying, we have only one chance to get it right. Training must be recognised as part of the core business of any organisation that cares for dying people.”
Has the good professor not taken proper note and heed of what is happening to our old ones in hospitals and care homes the length and breadth of this land? Just refer to those accounts reported here. Just refer to those accounts reported in the press for over a decade and more!
The groundwork of a 'good death' has to be a good life.
We say: "A good life should be the norm not the exception in our society!”
Read more here - Liverpool Care Pathway - Into That Darkness?
Opcare9 has received a 2.25 million euro contribution from the EU -
The main thrust of collaboration has, to date, been around the translation of the LCP into different languages and for use in different healthcare cultures. Undertaking such work has illustrated a need to understand more about the final days of life from a patient, carer and healthcare perspective in a variety of healthcare settings, in a variety of healthcare cultures. The members of the collaboration for this project have a successful track record of research, service improvement, management and clinical expertise in this area of care and are thus well placed to engage in the planned rigorous evaluation of current evidence and practice to underpin improvements in the quality of care for cancer patients in the last days of life.
Professor Sir Howard Newby, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool -"OPCARE9 is about knowledge transfer - not just from the laboratory to the bedside but from one country to another. It is vital that we continue to share our experience and expertise among European colleagues & further afield to help improve care of the dying globally".
"...It is vital that we continue to share our experience and expertise among European colleagues & further afield to help improve care of the dying globally".
Following is a research document on 'continuous sedation until death'.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
"While a systematic review of sedative use  and comparative studies[4,14] have shown no relationship to exist between the use of sedation for refractory symptoms or distress and timing of death, in the Netherlands and Belgium there is evidence to suggest that continuous sedation until death may sometimes be used by clinicians both as an alternative for euthanasia and to hasten an expected death [15,16]. More broadly, the ethical dimensions of the therapy are increasingly being debated [17-19]."
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