[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Volume 3 Issue 4, November 2012].
The Liverpool Care Pathway, developed at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city’s Marie Curie Hospice, continues to feature in the news for all the wrong (unintentional) reasons. The Health and Care Services Minister Norman Lamb has clarified that it is wrong for terminally ill patients to be put on a pathway to death without relatives being consulted.
The government wants to ensure that families are informed about life and death decisions. An instruction to this effect will be included in proposed changes to the NHS Constitution. A 12-week consultation on the proposed changes to the NHS Constitution will be opened on November 5th 2012.
Liverpool Care Pathway: Relatives ‘must be informed’. London: BBC News, November 3rd 2012.
Liverpool Care Pathway: Minister will listen to concerns. London: BBC News, November 1st 2012.
Triggle, N. (2012). The dilemma over care for the dying. London: BBC News, November 1st 2012.
Liverpool Care Pathway death prompts ‘torture’ claim. London: BBC News, October 31st 2012.