THE BIG QUESTION
The big question: do criticisms of the Liverpool Care Pathway detract from the benefits it brings to patients?
A doctor is calling for greater supervision of the Liverpool Care Pathway after claiming that many older people were having their treatment withheld too early.
This has sparked more than 20 organisations, including the Royal College of Nursing and Marie Curie Cancer Care, to sign a consensus statement to rectify “misconceptions and often inaccurate information” about the LCP.
The statement says the pathway should not “hasten or delay death”, but ensure the right type of care is available in the last days or hours of life “when all of the possible reversible causes for their condition have been considered”.
Will newspaper claims that the LCP has become “an assisted death pathway” detract from the protocol’s aim of providing a dignified death?
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