Following the review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, the government has confirmed that it will be phased out.
The controversial pathway will be replaced by end-of-life care plans, which senior clinicians will sign off.
The review, headed by Baroness Julia Neuberger, was established by care and support minister Norman Lamb after concerns were raised that the LCP was flawed.
The review concluded that in the right hands, and when operated by well-trained, well-resourced and sensitive clinical teams, the LCP helped patients have a dignified and pain-free death.
But it also found too many cases of poor practice, poor quality care and relatives not being properly engaged.
The review made 44 recommendations most notably that the LCP should be phased out and “replaced by a personalised end-of-life care plan, backed up by good practice guidance specific to disease groups”.
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