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- Pathway involves the sick being sedated and usually denied nutrition and fluids
- Families kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment
- Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said pathway was a 'fantastic step forward'
- Anti-euthanasia group said: ‘The Pathway is designed to finish people off double quick'
Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday.
In comments that appeared to prejudge an official inquiry into the LCP, the Health Secretary said ‘one or two’ mistakes should not be allowed to discredit the entire end-of-life system.
‘Mr Hunt has made a nonsense of the claim of his ministers that there is going to be an independent inquiry.’
The review follows a public outcry over a string of disturbing cases, highlighted by this paper, in which patients or their families were ignored.
The pathway involves withdrawal of lifesaving treatment, with the sick sedated and usually denied nutrition and fluids. Death typically takes place within 29 hours.
The 60,000 figure comes from a joint study by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool and the Royal College of Physicians.
Originally posted by DOLCOTT
reply to post by olaru12
I am sure that now OBAMACARE is in effect it is only a matter of time before the "Board" determines what, when and how long you receive treatment.
Originally posted by ModernAcademia
This is why obamacare is so horrific!
hopefully people will pay heed, but I doubt it.
Originally posted by adjensen
I believe that hospitals in the UK won some sort of legal battle earlier this year to allow doctors to, essentially, kill patients if they felt that prolonging treatment was causing undue suffering, regardless of what the patient or their family had to say about it.
Here's another recent article:
They've sentenced Dad to death: Family's fury after hospital wins legal battle to let grandfather, 69, die if illness deteriorates.
Pretty messed up, if you ask me.