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Banned end of life pathway is still in use under another name, MPs hear

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 29 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h555
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London


The Liverpool care pathway, the controversial and now banned tool to help with care at the end of life, is still being used under another name, doctors and health leaders have told a committee of MPs.

Specialists in care at the end of life have raised concerns that an absence of a robust alternative to the pathway since it was axed last summer has meant that use of the tool as little more than a tickbox exercise could still be happening.1 The House of Commons Health Committee held an evidence session on 28 January for its inquiry into end of life care and asked about the pathway, an integrated care tool intended to be used to improve the quality of …

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