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‘Misused’ care system is withdrawn
10:44am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
HEALTH bosses in York have stopped using a care system for dying patients which independent experts said was being “misused” in some English hospitals.
A review earlier this summer concluded the Liverpool Care Pathway, which can involve food and treatment being withdrawn, should be abolished and replaced by tailored end-of-life care plans, following claims it did not take individual patients’ circumstances into account.
In a report which will go before City of York Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee tonight, Patrick Crowley, chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said the trust had decided to withdraw the pathway, although it would retain its best elements together with a new “last few days of life” care plan.
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