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Liverpool Care Pathway: far-reaching independent review announced


Norman Lamb, the care minister, has announced a far-reaching independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, saying it is “unacceptable” that people are being put on it without their relatives being informed.

The pathway, designed to ease the suffering of patients in their last hours or days of life, has come under intense scrutiny recently.

Many people have claimed loved-ones were put on the pathway - which can involve the removal of drugs, nutrition and hydration if deemed to be of no benefit to the patient - without their knowledge. Some doctors have claimed it can hasten death.



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Liverpool Care Pathway: far-reaching independent review announced - Telegraph (external - login to view)