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Doctors leaders, charities, and hospices back Liverpool Care Pathway

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6654
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

A group of 20 organisations has issued a consensus statement backing the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient and reiterating that the care is not about ending life but about delivering excellent end of life care.

Those backing the statement include the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Geriatrics Society, charities, organisations representing care homes, hospitals, social services, and palliative care services.

The statement says “Published misconceptions and often inaccurate information about the Liverpool Care Pathway risk detracting from the substantial benefits it can bring to people who are dying and to their families. In response to this we are publishing this consensus …

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