Following the Newsnight special on end-of-life care, Norman Lamb has announced that there will be an independent chair to oversee the reviews of the Liverpool Care Pathway and how it is working.
Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman’s opening remarks about the LCP were that it is a system that offers rewards for hastening death and that despite compassionate intentions, the LCP is a sentence for death.
The programme heard from relatives who called the LCP a “licence to kill” and “medical euthanasia”. The relatives also claimed that they had not given their consent for their loved ones to be placed on the pathway.
Dr Kate Granger, who is a terminally ill cancer patient, spoke up for the LCP and reminded viewers that its purpose is for patients to achieve a good death. Dr Granger confirmed that she would like to be placed on it at the end of her life. She also felt that everyone needed to talk more openly about death and dying.
Mr Lamb said that people had come forward with real concerns about the LCP and that it was “sensible to have a proper review to ensure everyone gets a dignified death”.
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What: Newsnight: Living with Death
When: BBC iplayer