Elderly & Vulnerable Still Being Put On End-Of-Life ‘Death Pathway’ That Was Banned In 2014

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Elderly and vulnerable people in the UK are still being put on an end-of-life ‘death pathway’, despite the fact that it was officially abolished nearly a decade ago according to a new report.

The Liverpool Care Pathway, was a series of controversial guidelines that involved the withdrawal of life-saving treatment from dying patients, was banned in 2014 after reports that people were put on it who might otherwise have survived.

A report commissioned by MPs and peers and due to be published on Tuesday, will conclude the LCP is still being practised ‘in all but name’.

The Mail Online reports: The report details 16 cases where patients died after being given LCP-style treatment. The youngest was just 21.

One of the report’s authors, retired palliative care consultant Professor Sam Ahmedzai, last night said he was ‘shocked’ to hear how they had been treated ‘at the hands of those who should have known better’.

Under the ‘LCP’, patients were sometimes placed on the pathway too soon. They were then given large doses of sedatives and painkillers – ostensibly to ease their pain – and often denied nutrition and hydration. Severely weakened, death became all but inevitable.

Despite it being stopped, Prof Ahmedzai found LCP-style treatments ‘persist to this day’.

The 16 suffered from medics implementing a ‘one-size fits all, tick-box approach’, he wrote, adding: ‘Thus in many of our case studies, patients … were experiencing an end-of-life care pathway which was similar to the LCP in all but name.’

In 10 cases relatives challenged doctors about whether the LCP was being applied but ‘this was met with denial,’ said Prof Ahmedzai.

Some patients were subjected to ‘indefensible end-of-life decisions’ made ‘unilaterally’ by doctors.

Laura Jane Booth, 21, who had the genetic disorder Patau’s syndrome, died in October 2016, after going into hospital for an eye operation.

Her parents said: ‘She had no nutrition for the entire three-and-a-half weeks she was in.’

Even during three days in intensive care, ‘still nobody did anything about Laura not feeding’.

When she died, they still thought she was in hospital for routine surgery. ‘Nobody ever told us that she was on an end-of-life care pathway.’

Initially, Laura’s death certificate stated she had died of natural causes. After pushing for an inquest, which finally took place in 2021, a second was issued stating that ‘malnutrition contributed to her death’.

Her parents claimed at inquest medics ‘tried to say that Laura had outlived her time with multiple conditions’.

In another case, an 84-year-old man died after a nurse told his family he had been put on ‘the pathway’.

David (no surname given), who suffered from heart failure, went into hospital in late August 2021 thinking he would be in for a quick procedure to ease fluid retention. He never left.

Two days after being admitted, a consultant told his family David was ‘actively dying’ and said he had refused further treatment.

Fluid, nutrition and his normal heart failure drugs were stopped. The doctor saying these would only ‘prolong his suffering’, his family recalled. A nurse told them he had been put on ‘the pathway’.

He died a few days later. His family believe the withholding of hydration, nutrition and his drugs hastened his death.

Prof Ahmedzai said the consultant’s conversation with the family ‘bears the hallmarks of the types of conversation carried out [before 2014] when the LCP was still in use’. Some places had been ‘reluctant’ to drop the LCP and made ‘merely cosmetic changes’.

The 16 were taken from hundreds of families’ experiences, collated by Denise Charlesworth-Smith, who helped lead opposition against the LCP following her own father’s death.

She said while ‘things looked good’ after the LCP was binned, by 2018 she was being contacted by ‘more and more’ families saying new guidelines were being ignored.

The report was commissioned by the Lords and Commons Family and Child Protection Group. Its chair, DUP MP Carla Lockhart, said it exposed ‘unacceptable’ practice.


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  2. People should be allowed to die naturally and medicine should not be allowed to keep them alive because it’s so profitable for them .

    • Medical care has always been about WHO can afford it,3Rd world`ers die in the streets and the poor suffer and suffer and get alittle tuffer UNtil they are DEAD.ONE% IBC controls everything from birth-death PAY UP or shut up!!!

  3. I won’t be kept alive artificially while laying in bed. I told my wife already. If I can’t feed myself (long term) then I don’t want to be fed. I want to go see Jesus, don’t want to fight that invitation. Not afraid to die at all, but it is actually not dying, it is transitioning to eternity. There really is not any dying, termination. continuation rather. Those that do evil will also conitinue, but not in a good environment.

  4. EMTs don`t read your will sorry life support and than the doctors are oft AA golfin and THAN two months later they can get the judge to let YOU!!!! UNPLUG but your medical bills are in the millions and your loved one`s estates and better halfs are broke and loose everything time and again LIVED THAT for 70 years now.Stick to the country docts and stay away from the HUGE hospt/SS lining up to feed off your DOA on life support body leftovers

  5. The S.O.P is to hook EVERYONE UP and than bleed them dry that is WTF feeds the IBC system OH you want to unhook but your word matters NOT as you can`t pay the BILL.UNAFORDIBLE last life stage FEEDs the whole medical profession THE DEATH WARD!!!.The STATE Owns your body also after death and can harvest anything they want to OR use you as a lab subject

  6. I had a conversation with one of Gods ‘Angels of Death’ once… it was interesting, he was not so much a decision maker on his own, but one that consults with you for your own unimpeded decision. Kind of like a clarification.
    Never forget however, Gods message to us, especially for the end times. “Occupy till I come”. NEVER give consent to have your life terminated for whatever reasons, on a piece of paper, it WILL be abused by those with no soul. Fight the good fight and let God himself determine when and if your life should be surrendered up.

  7. They do this to disabled babies and todlers too… take guardianship away from the parents, imprison them in a hospital and actively deny and prevent any other care. Remember the one that Pope actually reserved a jet for, to take to a place for alternative treatment? Britian murdered him.

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