Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows.
Central Manchester University Hospitals - which received £81,000 in 2010 for meeting targets relating to the LCP - said the proportion of patients whose deaths were expected and had been placed on the pathway more than doubled to 87.7 per cent in the past year.
I just cannot believe that there is anybody in the palliative care arena who is trying to anything other than provide the best care for patients.”
I do not oppose the LCP itself. My late wife was put on it when she was dying of cancer last year - though I insisted she be hydrated throughout and was promised she would be fed if she wanted. Fortunately for my conscience in the wake of all these stories, she died within hours of my giving consent and so did not have time to starve to death.