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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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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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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Liverpool Care Pathway Used as Euthanasia

By Wesley J. Smith The Liverpool Care Pathway, which was supposed to be restricted to sedating patients whose pain could not otherwise be controlled, has mutated into a form of euthanasia. Not only are UK hospitals paid to to put patients “on the Pathway,” but it has become increasingly clear that it is being misused …

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