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Liverpool care pathway was made a scapegoat, says palliative care consultant

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 19 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7559
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

A palliative care consultant has published a stinging criticism of the report that led to the demise of the Liverpool care pathway, saying that it was a disservice to dying patients and had many puzzling recommendations.

Claud Regnard, who works at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle upon Tyne, called the scrapping of the pathway a “tragedy” and compared it to banning the Highway Code because of bad drivers.

In an article in the journal Age and Ageing he wrote, “The death of the Liverpool Care Pathway was preventable, an irony that was lost in the rush …

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