An independent review, led by crossbench peer Baroness Julia Neuberger, is expected to recommend that the Liverpool Care Pathway (intended to support patients as they approach death) should be phased out in England within 6-12 months.
” …the review team, which heard evidence from patients, families and health professionals, encountered numerous examples of poor implementation and worrying standards in care”.
Critics assert the pathway has caused some people to die unnecessarily, possibly influenced by pressures to save money and clear beds more quickly.
Liverpool Care Pathway ‘should be phased out’. London: BBC Health News, July 13th 2013.
” …the LCP had become a “tick box” exercise, which did not take the individual patient’s circumstances into account. The Care Quality Commission, which regulates hospitals, has also been told to ensure end-of-life care becomes a more important component of the inspection regime”.
Triggle, N. (2013). End-of-life care to be overhauled. London: BBC Health News, July 15th 2013.
This relates to:
More care, less pathway: a review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. London:
Department of Health, July 15th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].