An article by Dr Anthony Wrigley, criticising the Neuberger Report, which led to the decision to abolish the Liverpool Care Pathway, has received wide coverage in the Telegraph and other news outlets.
Dr Wrigley's article, which has just been published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, points out that the treatment of terminally ill patients in the UK has been rated as world-leading, in part due to the Liverpool Care Pathway, which aimed to spread the advances in palliative care developed by the hospice movement into hospital settings. Dr Wrigley argues that the failure in some cases to implement the Pathway properly is not a good basis for ending an approach that is widely seen as an example of best practice.
Dr Wrigley is Programme Director of Keele's MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care.
Scrapping Liverpool Care Pathway too 'extreme'- The Telegraph
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Scrapping end of live care pathway was 'too extreme' - Nursing Times
Liverpool Care Pathway Death Panels Were 'Too Extreme' - But So Are Ending Them - Science 2.0
Decision to jettison end of life Liverpool Care Pathway 'too extreme' - Medical Xpress
Scrapping Pathway 'too extreme' - Jersey Evening Post
Scrapping Pathway 'too extreme' - Yahoo! News