A group of doctors revealed to save cost elderly patients could be denied food and water to speed-up death.
Tens of thousand of terminal ill patients are put on the Department of Health. This includes a Liverpool Care Pathway but contrary to its title it is scheme it suppose to speed-up death.
The idea of LCP is to withhold fluid and drugs from patients in their final days. To withhold fluid is worse than withholding food. As everybody knows to be thirsty is real torture. To withhold drugs could lead to agony when the patient has pains. Both methods are inhuman.
It is also assumed that this method could be extended merely to free beds and a group of six Care Doctors for the elderly have that suspicion.
These six doctors also say that older people are often free of pain and distress and therefore there is no need for LCP. They claim further not all doctors asking the patients and try to get consent while the patient is still capable to decide. In view of this lucking to do their job properly many patients carry a card stating that they do not want that treatment.
Dr Clifford Craig said: “If you are a cynical about it, as I am, you can see it is a cost-cutting measure, if you don’t want to have you beds filled with old people.” This warning came after Professor Patrick Pullicino quoted a fine example when he took a 71 year old patients suffering from pneumonia off LCP and he lived for another 14 months. He titled the scheme as “assisted death pathway rather than care pathway.”
The health department responded with that the LCP is not about saving money. They would say that under the present government trying to privatise the National Health Service. Although they deny this too and call it reform the NHS. The Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is still denying it and at the same time he appointed Naguib Kheraj. He is a banker and was a top man at Barclays during the cheating libor (interest rates fixing when one bank loans to another). That tells you everything on both accounts.