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Should You Make an LPA Health and Welfare or and Advance Directive
The Liverpool Care Pathway (“LCP”) is designed to provide a common approach to palliative care for the severely terminally ill and dying.
Initially it was introduced in the University of Liverpool and was (until July 2013) regarded as ‘best practice’ in many NHS hospitals across the UK.
The LCP has however attracted bad publicity as patients have found themselves on the plan without their consent (or the consent of their family). Rumours exists that the NHS receives a bonus for each and every patient put on the plan. (See The Telegraph article)
Another article by the Telegraph advises how one patient who was taken off the LCP lived for a further 14 months.
‘Euthanasia via the back door’ appears in a number of other similar articles. Just search on Google.
Why do we mention this on our website? The answer is because it shows how important it is that you should make a Lasting Power of Attorney Health and Welfare -