So the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is to be discontinued (https://www.gov.uk/…/review-of-liverpool-care-pathway-for-dying-patients) and patients are to have individual end of life care plans. That’s a good thing – but why phase out the LCP – why not discontinue it from today? Dying patients who were put on it were left without food, water, medication or care. The original intentions were good – but apparently some staff ‘did not understand’ how to implement it properly. The suffering endured by those patients not only exposed lack of compassion but sheer cold-blooded callousness on the part of some doctors and nurses. Relatives were not included in the decision to use the LCP and were even prevented from alleviating their loved ones’ suffering – dying of thirst with swollen tongues and cracked lips. In any other walk of life what word would be used to describe such staff actions – and what penalties would apply? What does it say about healthcare staff, that they could do such things? Will anyone be examining what affected their attitudes? These people surely began their careers as caring individuals. And that there was actually a financial incentive for trusts putting patients on the pathway beggars belief. Another bonus was that it helped free up beds. Who can have any trust in the nhs after so many scandals. I can only hope http://www.heartsinhealthcare.com grows in influence.
Nothing Personal: Disturbing Undercurrents in Cancer Care
Used in medical education.
Includes referenced discussion sections for evidence-based practice.
- Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award
"A landmark for the patient voice"
- Macmillan Cancer Support
"A remarkable book... essential reading for all who deal with cancer patients - health professionals, politicians, health service developers, carers and, of course, patients themselves... will surely inspire change."
- Professor Karol Sikora in his foreword.