(Telegraph) Independent review finds some abuse in care for the Dying in the NHS

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Hospitals will today be told to review the treatment of every patient who has been on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway after an independent review found examples of abuse across the NHS.
The Department of Health will tell hospitals to refer doctors to the General Medical Council if they find the procedures have been abused.

The pathway is used to "manage" the death of terminally ill NHS patients. However, the Neuberger inquiry, which will be published today, has heard allegations that patients have been unnecessarily sedated and denied food and water.

The inquiry is expected to say that there were "numerous examples of poor implementation and worrying standards in care" and that in some cases patients have been put on the pathway without their families being informed.

Read it all and there is a CNS story here also.

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