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Letters Liverpool care pathway

New NHS Constitution could cause conflict with professional guidance on patient confidentiality and the Mental Capacity Act

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 13 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7630
  1. Ben Mearns, consultant physician1
  1. 1Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, East Surrey Hospital, Redhill RH1 5RH, UK
  1. ben.mearns{at}

Spence does a good job in defending the Liverpool care pathway, although he does say that the pathway must be used “with the consent of all involved.”1

Marsden in his article in the Telegraph entitled “Families win new rights over death pathway patients” quotes the secretary of state for health as saying that “patients and their families have a basic …

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