Abuse of Liverpool Pathway extends to dehydrating newborns with disabilities

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Liverpool Pathway is a guideline in the UK that doctors follow to ensure that people who are nearing death receive good pain and symptom management. There have been several studies and many articles, over the past few months, concerning the abuse of the Liverpool Pathway. The …

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Sedated to Death Without Permission in UK

By Wesley Smith Patients are not individuals in centralized healthcare systems. Rather, they become members of checklist categories on bureaucratic check lists. How else explain doctors putting nearly one-half of patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway sedation/dehydration protocol–in which patients are put in comas and denied sustenance–without bothering to tell patients of families.  In other …

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People with severe dementia should be starved and dehydrated to death to save money says BMJ editorial

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as member. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is an editorial in the British Medical Journal this week by a retired professor of philosophy titled ‘Sanctity of life law …

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New Consciousness Test Won’t Stop Dehydrations Without a Change in Values

By Wesley J. Smith There has been some media buzz about a new test that appears to show some patients, previously diagnosed as unaware (persistent vegetative state), can actually perceive.  From the New Scientist story: “[Adrian] Owen and his team used an EEG on 16 people thought to be in a PVS and compared the …

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“The Old Lady Who Would Not Die”

By Dave Andrusko Yesterday, after I thought about this the first time, the second time, and the third time, my plan was to systematically debunk a piece that had run in the British publication, the Mail. But by the time I got to reflection #4, I realized that “How I helped my mum to die” …

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NHS Meltdown: Doctors Prescribe Drinking Water to Prevent Elderly Deaths

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. The following appears on Wesley’s terrific blog. There are two aspects of care in a hospital; medical treatment and what is sometimes called humane care.  The latter includes orally supplied food, water (for those who can partake), warmth, cleanliness, etc.  It isn’t “medical,” it is basic, and cannot be …

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