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Published On: Fri, Nov 16th, 2012

Consent required in UK for putting patients on the ‘death pathway’ won’t stop Agenda 21 concerns

From early November, Britain worked to make it a legal requirement that doctors fully explain the end-of-life treatment in order to obtain consent as patients will be place on the ‘death pathway.’

photo Lamiot This type of representation allows to keep an overview of a problem (an impact assessment, a project, a “Agenda 21”, a collective or individual situation, etc..) And perhaps, it can be used as a short checklist in the exploration of a problem with an ecosystem or systemic. It is also easy to memorize.

The Daily Mail reports created pressure on the Health Secretary after highlighting Liverpool Care Pathway which was withdrawing fluids and food without notifying relatives.

Telegraph reported back in October that at “many hospitals more than 50 per cent of all patients who died had been placed on the pathway and in one case the proportion of forseeable deaths on the pathway was almost nine out of 10.”

The system has faced increased controversy amid claims that it can actively hasten death. To deepen concerns, the “Commissioning for Quality and Innovation” (CQUIN), local NHS commissioners pay trusts for meeting targets to “reward excellence” in care.

Each Trust was asked how many people had died on the Pathway over the past three years and how much money received in that period was attached to goals involving it.

Overall 61 of those which responded said that they used the pathway, translating to 85 per cent of the total.

Of those, 62 per cent disclosed that they had either received, or expect to receive, cash rewards for meeting targets associated with the implementation of the pathway.

The UN’s Agenda 21 deals with end of life issues, the financial challenges of elderly care and the UK’s “Pathway” parallels the concerns by those cautioning against the UN plan.

 

 

 

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