Lamb: Care pathway must improve

Norman Lamb speaks to Daybreak this morning Credit: ITV

Families are to get a legal right to be consulted before patients are put on the "death pathway", it has been revealed.

The move follows the emergence of cases where patients were placed on the Liverpool Care Pathway - which involves withdrawal of fluids and food - without relatives' knowledge.

Health Minister and Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has told Daybreak that he is "obviously very concerned" about reports that the Liverpool Care Pathway has been used without consent.

Under the reforms, being put out for consultation today, health trusts that fail to involve patients and families in decisions could be sued while doctors who ignore their wishes face being struck off.

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