What exactly is the “Liverpool Pathway” and why is it under scrutiny from both the medical profession and the press ?.
I had not heard of the Liverpool Pathway until one of my clients referred to it as the Liverpool Line when his wife was placed on it.
No one likes to talk about death, but the more it is discussed then perhaps we will feel less awkward about it!
Remember the days no-one used to talk about sex ?
What exactly is the “Liverpool Pathway” and why is it under scrutiny from both the medical profession and the press.
The content below came from the Telegraph Online and relates to a Senior Neurologists concerns about the “treatment” following one patient being removed from it and living a further 14 months.
The intervention from Prof Patrick Pullicino comes amid mounting concerns over the approach, which can involve the withdrawal of drugs, fluids and food, and the administration of powerful pain relief to patients who are believed to be dying.
An independent review of the pathway, and of six-figure payments which have made to NHS hospitals for meeting targets to place people on it, is now under way after it was ordered by ministers.
Prof Pullicino, consultant neurologist at East Kent Hospitals University foundation trust, said the system was open to “terrific abuse” because doctors had no objective way of forecasting death, and often hastened it, by stopping treatment and sustenance.
I have to admit I was against the Liverpool Pathway initially but watched “Dispatches” on Channel 4 on 4/3/13 and have to admit it has totally changed my attitude. I have always felt that animals had a more dignified end with owners able to put pets down and relieve pain and suffering. I am not suggesting that doctors are putting patients down, but to prolong a painful and lingering death – can that be kind ?
I personally would welcome a shortened death and one without pain.
This is a controversial subject and I would love to know what YOU think.