Hospitals become hit squads
The death panels are even worse than Sarah Palin described. Hospitals get paid the snuff em out. Guess it could be considered a late term abortion.
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.
Care and support minister Norman Lamb said there had been too many cases of patients dying on the pathway while their families were told nothing about the withdrawal of life-saving treatment.
‘This is simply unacceptable,’ he added.
Mr Lamb said the inquiry would ‘consider the value of locally set incentives, and whether they are leading to bad decisions or practice’.
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 the suffering of dying patients.
It commonly involves heavy sedation with morphine or similar drugs, and the removal of tubes providing nutrition and fluids.
But in the past few weeks, a string of relatives have contacted the Mail expressing concern about the LCP, saying patients have been put on it without their knowledge. Many have recovered fully after being taken off the pathway.