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The decision to jettison the approach to care of the dying, known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), was "too extreme," given that its principles are widely regarded as among the best examples of palliative care in the world, argues a senior ethicist in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
'It is as illogical to discredit the LCP because of errant clinicians as it is to ban the Highway Code because of bad drivers.'
Death in hospital remains very common for cancer patients in developed countries.
A PROGRAMME to give dying patients at Liverpool's biggest hospital the best care possible is to be adopted as an example by the government. The government's End of Life Care strategy has recommended that care packages at the Royal Liverpool hospital should be taken up nationally.