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Call for end-of-life care review

27th November 2012

The government's Care and Support minister Norman Lamb has said an independent review will take place into end-of-life care.

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The review will investigate concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway after it was claimed some hospitals are using it to reduce costs.

Mr Lamb said an independent chairperson would be appointed and would return a report on palliative care in 2013. 

He explained the Liverpool Care Pathway played an "important part" in ensuring people were able to die in a "pain-free and dignified" way. 

He added: "However, as we have seen, there have been too many cases where patients were put on the pathway without a proper explanation or their families being involved.

"This is simply unacceptable. Today I have committed to appoint an independent chair to review how end-of-life care is working and oversee the reviews into the LCP. This will report back to me in the new year." 

The new review will use information which is being collected by the Association for Palliative Medicine, the national End-of-Life Care Strategy and Dying Matters.

 

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