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Ministers order an inquiry into the
care pathway payments that saw
hospitals receive millions to imple-
ment controversial system

Daily Mail [UK], by Steve Doughty, Daniel Martin

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 11/27/2012 6:31:43 AM

Ministers yesterday ordered an independent inquiry into why hospitals have been paid to hit targets for numbers of patients dying on the Liverpool Care Pathway. The new investigation will examine how hospitals have received tens of millions of pounds to implement the controversial system for care of the dying.[Snip]The decision to order an independent investigation follows deepening concern over the LCP, which is thought to be used in the deaths of 130,000 hospital patients each year. The method, first developed in a Liverpool hospital and widely in use across the NHS for the past four years, aims to ease

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130,000. And, according to family members, many of those taken off the pathway go on to recover from whatever ailed them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/27/2012 7:13:16 AM     (No. 9035470)

´Coming soon to a hospital system near you in the USA!´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: shamus, 11/27/2012 7:31:35 AM     (No. 9035500)

When socialized medicine can no longer afford to provide services, they simply let their patients expire.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: DocH, 11/27/2012 8:09:05 AM     (No. 9035550)

It seems that ´´hit targets´´ is the appropriate phrase here -- as in ´´order a hit on these targets.´´

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 11/27/2012 9:54:21 AM     (No. 9035768)

Snuffing out the very ill and the elderly has been deemed to be cost effective by most social democrats, and preserves services for those with the correct political affiliations. Let´s hope when all those Harvard Know-it-Alls staffing the Obamacare Death Panels restrict their Warrants of Execution to people who are too sick or feeble to fight their death sentences. Otherwise, someone might rise like Lazarus and return the complement.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: jlw509, 11/27/2012 9:59:52 AM     (No. 9035777)

Some paients are prioritized for intensive treatment, some for lower-level care, and some for palliative care: that´s a necessary and inevitable triage. That´s necessary, of course. But who defines these terms, who makes these decisions, and on what grounds?

No patient should ever, ever be deprived of nutrition and hydration as long as they can derive the ordinary benefits from it: namely, prevention of malnutrition and dehydration. That´s true even if he nutrition and hydration come via tube: they are still "ordinary care," which even a dying person has a right to.

A nationalized system is, by design, an unresponsive and irresponsible system. It will only become moreso, the more top-down, centralized and bureaucratic it becomes. Concerned about the 130,000 elderly Britons euthanized every year via the "Liverpool Care Path"? It´ll be 1 that in the USA, and without question they´ll call it by something that contains the words "Compassion" and "Choice".



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Reply 6 - Posted by: MrYules, 11/27/2012 10:01:58 AM     (No. 9035783)

Each one of us - young or old - needs "ombudsmen" - protectors, defenders, those who will accompany us to the "hospital" and observe/report on what is going on. Know your doctors, nurses, and especially the bureaucrats/administrators at the hospital. Make sure they know you and that you are watching over the "care" received by the "patient". This is prudent now and may become lifesaving if/as the politically-dominanted medical system in the US decides who should be "relieved of a life unworthy of life" (i.e. murdered).
Seek legal counsel and have that attorney part of the total "care" package.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: jimmiet, 11/27/2012 10:28:51 AM     (No. 9035848)

One more detail usurped from God? The religion of the left requires a whole lot more faith than does my humble belief in God.

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