NHS must come clean over use of ‘death pathway’

Source: Telegraph

Thousands of patients in the NHS are put onto the Liverpool Care Pathway each year in their last days and hours.

It aims to give patients a ‘good death’ by avoiding unnecessary and burdensome medical intervention but there have been accusations it hastens death because it can involve the removal of artifical hydration and nutrition.

A report into palliative care in the NHS found that in one, unnamed hospital trust, half of families were not told that their loved one had been placed on the LCP and in a quarter of trusts, one in three families were not informed.

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