Monday, 15 July 2013

It's official - NHS mass murder to continue

The innocuously-named "Liverpool Care Pathway" is a programme for executing the elderly and people with learning difficulties, created in order to free up bed space. But following public outrage at the extent of the annual slaughter, some purely cosmetic changes to the system will now be made. As Melanie Philips says -

"The Government will announce today the end of the deeply controversial Liverpool Care Pathway....the scheme became mired in bitter controversy after relatives and patients claimed that the LCP was being used to accelerate death, or even to kill patients who were not dying at all by starving and dehydrating them until they did, in fact, die. Worse still were claims of financial incentives for hospital trusts to bump up the LCP numbers."

Few old or slow people vote, after all. Enter joke reformer Baroness Neuberger -

"The Government-commissioned review...called for an overhaul in end-of-life care, highlighting poor training and lack of compassion on the part of nursing staff.... [it] recommended phasing out the LCP and replacing it with a more personalised and clinically sensitive approach.....under the new guidance, only senior clinicians must make the decision to give end-of-life care, along with the healthcare team. and no decision must be taken out of hours without strong evidence."

In other words keep on killing, regardless of patient wishes, but don't give it a fancy name any more.

3 comments:

  1. Frightening to get older in this country.

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    1. That Monty Python sketch about the liver transplant could be coming true soon...

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  2. XX only senior clinicians must make the decision to give end-of-life care,XX

    I.e, the ones most reliant on the goodwill of the "trust fund" for their job, and job references.

    Oh WONDERFULL!

    "Let the wolf look after the prey."

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Keep it clean.....