Of the “Death Test” and Death Panels

  By Wesley J. Smith When the NHS [the British National Health Service] adopted the “Liverpool Care Pathway” to guarantee quality palliative care, it led to bureaucratic checklist medicine, back door euthanasia, and the terminal sedation dehydration deaths of non-terminally ill patients. It became such a scandal that the LCP had to be scrapped. Now, …

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Liverpool care pathway – next steps now clearer with setting up of new leadership alliance

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and is CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was developed by specialists in palliative care to improve the management of dying patients but its implementation …

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The demise of the Liverpool Pathway and euthanasia by dehyration

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On July 14, Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, wrote a profound article concerning the end of the Liverpool Care Pathway in the UK. Her article was published July 14 under the title “Hope at last on the pathway to death – but the NHS still has a …

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UK to scrap notorious Liverpool Care Pathway, criticized as gateway to euthanasia

By Hilary White WESTMINSTER, July 16, 2013– The notorious Liverpool Care Pathway [LCP], the “end of life protocol” that has been denounced by many as a form of passive euthanasia, “should be phased out” by the autumn, a parliamentary review has concluded. Instead, the one-size-fits-all approach of the LCP will be replaced with “a personalised …

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Tragedy of the of Liverpool Care Pathway

By Wesley J. Smith These are the consequence of centralizing healthcare under bureaucratic control. Deprofessionalization.  Medicine practiced by the numbers. The most weak and vulnerable victimized. The tragedy of the Liverpool Care Pathway tells the awful tale. Originally designed to prevent NHS patients from dying in agony, the LCP was applied bluntly rather than in …

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Liverpool Care Pathway Death Investigation

By Wesley J. Smith I have written often about the Liverpool Care Pathway(LCP) and how it has led to backdoor euthanasia. Now, an official inquiry is being made into one death that may be LCP related. From the Telegraph story: “Jean Tulloch, 83, died in March last year at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh …

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NHS Back Door Euthanasia Payments to End

By Wesley J. Smith Centralized control of health care is catastrophic. The classic example is the Liverpool Care Pathway, originally created to ensure that NHS patients receive good pain control, under centralized control it often became a form of connect-the-dots medicine, even, back door involuntary euthanasia. (I write about the Pathway in detail in this …

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“Has Liverpool Care Pathway become a licence to kill?” asks professor in care of the elderly

By John Smeaton Editor’s note. The following appears on the blog of Mr. Smeaton, the director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children [SPUC]. Severe criticism of the Liverpool Care Pathway from Professor Brian Livesley, an emeritus professor in the care of the elderly in London, has appeared in the British Journal of …

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There are fundamental problems with the Liverpool Care Pathway

By John Smeaton, director Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Yesterday afternoon, MPs [Members of Parliament] debated the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) in Westminster Hall, which serves as a parallel debating chamber of the House of Commons. The debate was moved by Glyn Davies MP, who described himself as a supporter of the …

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A path to oblivion?

Are English hospitals putting seriously ill patients on an assembly line to death with the Liverpool Care Pathway? By Jacqueline Laing Editor’s note. This appeared at www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/the_path_to_oblivion In 2008, a year after the Mental Capacity Act 2005 came into force, the Liverpool Care Pathway was recommended as the Department of Health’s end-of-life care strategy. Only …

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Dehydrating Disabled Babies in UK Hospitals

By Wesley Smith The Liverpool Care Pathway [LCP] has become a checklist for killing. This is what happens when a country allows bureaucrats to control healthcare. (Yes, I am issuing an unsubtle warning about Obamacare.) The Pathway was designed by health bureaucrats to fix a real problem: Too many patients were being allowed to die …

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Investigation into Liverpool Care Pathway is most welcome

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 members. The investigation into the Liverpool Care Pathway announced by Health Minister Norman Lamb is most welcome. The Liverpool Care Pathway was developed at …

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