Sunday, 20 October 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - And More On Those QP EoL Pathways

There is no hiding place we shall not uncover...
The truth will out!

Well done Dr. Gillian Craig...!

This is Mail Online –
Dr Gillian Craig, a retired geriatrician, questioned why GPs were being offered an extra payment for having a difficult conversation. 

‘Why should a GP be paid for this conversation, as opposed to any other?’ she said. ‘I feel doctors are paid very well and there should be no extra payments. Anything else is open to abuse and misuse.’

She also feared that patients signing up to die in their own home may unwittingly be ‘closing the door on potentially life-saving hospital treatment’. She explained: ‘A doctor may not realise that, while the person appears to be dying, they actually have a reversible condition.’

The GP bonus scheme rewarded doctors at 41 practices in Ipswich and East Suffolk, who were paid £50 for each care home patient they signed up to an end-of-life plan.

Patients were asked to stipulate where they would like to die, whether they wished to be resuscitated, and what drugs they wanted in their final hours. Ambulance services and out-of-hours doctors’ services were informed.

The family doctors were also asked to sign up elderly people living in their own homes, although they were not paid the £50 bonus in these cases. The ‘pilot’ project ran for two years from July 2011 to this September and was deemed ‘successful’.

Thankyou Dr. Gillian Craig for putting your name to the petition –
Dr. Gillian Craig, United Kingdom
Oct 07, 09:25
# 560

The petitions are still open (Please see opposite). The LCP is still in use. It is a many headed Hydra spawning scions by the score. 

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