The government has told hospitals to review their current practices in the way patients at the end of their lives are treated, and announced that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is to be phased out.
This announcement comes after an independent report concluded that the LCP was being misused (the pathway can involve the withdrawal of treatment, food and liquid).
Instead, individual end-of-life care plans are to be introduced within a year. These plans are set to be tailored to each individual, taking different conditions into account.
The LCP was criticised for becoming a ‘tick-box’ exercise, which failed to take the individual and their circumstances into account. The Care Quality Commission (which regulates hospitals) has been told to make end-of-life care a priority when it comes to inspection regimes.
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