Thursday, 9 May 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - The Hidden Agenda

The disingenuous, the devious and the downright dishonest...
They will have their way whichever way and that is their agenda.

Senior Catholic doctors have said that a bishops’ conference report about the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) “borders on the disingenuous” adding that it “goes to extreme lengths to align support for the LCP with Catholic teaching”.

In response to the report, issued by a department of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Professor Patrick Pullicino, Dr Anthony Cole and Dr Philip Howard said in a joint statement: “The sufferings of patients who have been put on the LCP and their relatives is the first thing the Church should be reacting to in order to understand the great depth of anguish that this pathway has caused and the reasons for this.”

The bishops’ Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship commissioned Professor David Albert Jones to write their report, which has been submitted to the independent inquiry.

In their joint statement, Professor Pullicino and colleagues wrote: “The feeling that comes across in this review is that Professor Jones is a supporter of the LCP.” They added that in their opinion Professor Jones “goes to extreme lengths to align support for the LCP with Catholic teaching and this at times borders on the disingenuous”.

They conclude: “If the archbishop would like to understand Catholic physicians’ views about the LCP, we would respectfully suggest that they should ask these physicians directly.”

There is a hidden agenda at work which is subverting common decency. And that is the long and the short of it.

1 comment:

  1. I'd be keen to see Pullicino, Cole and Howard's full statement. Is it online anywhere?