Monday, 15 July 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - The Age Of Disrespect

Our elders deserve and should expect better for they have attained the age of respect.

This is Northern Echo 

The 89-year-old, who had dementia, was admitted on Sunday, December 16, with a urine infection.
Mr Zair raised concerns when he found her being treated on a mattress on the floor on ward 14 but he said he was appalled to discover bruises on her body on Wednesday, December 19.
Following an internal investigation, the trust admitted failures in care and communication and has put new measures in place but say there is no evidence to support allegations Mrs Zair was abused or neglected.
A police report also concluded there is nothing to say the bruises had been caused intentionally.
However, Mr Zair believes hospital staff must know what happened between 9pm on December 18 and 11am the following morning, which would explain why she had bruises to her arms, legs, body and eye.

The Telegraph reports on a survey that has indicated failings in the care of the dying.
Twenty two thousand families took part in the survey. The deaths covered were of those aged from 18 to 111, although most were over the age of 80. They had all been suffering from cancer, cardiovascular disease or other medical conditions. All deaths occurred at the patient’s home, a hospital, a care home or a hospice. Accidents, suicides and murders were excluded.
Accident, suicides and murders were excluded.

So, deaths on the LCP were excluded, then.

Simon Chapman from the iniquitous government EoLC proxy NCPC is reported as saying:
"There needs to be mandatory end of life care training for all health and care staff and more must be done to make excellent end of life care the norm for everyone, wherever they choose to be cared for."

The Guardian
Dave Cameron's dementia CQUIN is intended to downsize care expectations to the palliative option.

What is needed is a return to basics. We don't need a death plan; we just need care. And we need people who care to do that care. It's the doctor, the nurse, treating the patient in front of them.

It's recognising the person in the patient in front of them, the uniqueness of the person and their value as a person.

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