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Terminally ill care 'crisis'

3rd September 2009

Medical experts say that official guidelines are causing a crisis in care of the terminally ill and leading to growing anger among patients' families.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, the six doctors and campaigners criticise a "tick-box approach" to care and advice that allows food and fluids to be withdrawn from patients, who are then continuously sedated, if they are judged to be close to death. Their criticism focussed on the Liverpool Care Pathway of palliative care treatment.

 

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