The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released draft guidelines concerning the care of adults potentially entering the last days of their lives while in the care of the NHS. The guideline covers people dying from chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart or lung disease or dementia (and people whose condition has deteriorated). The consultation closes on September 9th 2015.
There were concerns that the previous system, i.e. the abandoned Liverpool Care Pathway, was sometimes misused and could result in patients being deprived of water and food.
Mundasad, S. (2015). Dying care: ‘Improved’ guidelines proposed. London: BBC Health News, July 29th 2015.
This relates to:
Care of the dying adult: draft guideline consultation. London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), July 29th 2015.