Professor says doctors use 'death pathway' to euthanasia of the elderlyTreatment on average brings a patient to death in 33 hoursAround 29 per cent of patients that die in hospital are on controversial 'care pathway'Pensioner admitted to hospital given treatment by doctor on weekend shift
Professor Pullicino revealed he had personally intervened to take a patient off the LCP who went on to be successfully treated.He said this showed that claims they had hours or days left are ‘palpably false’.
‘Very likely many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP.‘Patients are frequently put on the pathway without a proper analysis of their condition.‘Predicting death in a time frame of three to four days, or even at any other specific time, is not possible scientifically.This determination in the LCP leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. The personal views of the physician or other medical team members of perceived quality of life or low likelihood of a good outcome are probably central in putting a patient on the LCP.’
‘If we accept the Liverpool Care Pathway we accept that euthanasia is part of the standard way of dying as it is now associated with 29 per cent of NHS deaths.’
‘The Liverpool Care Pathway is not euthanasia and we do not recognize these figures. The pathway is recommended by NICE and has overwhelming support from clinicians ~ at home and abroad ~ including the Royal College of Physicians.