A senior doctor criticising the axing of the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway has said the care regime was a "scapegoat"
Palliative care consultant Claud Regnard also compared the decision to banning the Highway Code because of bad drivers.
Writing in Age and Ageing, the journal of the British Geriatrics Society, Mr Regnard said:
The decision to axe a controversial care pathway scheme has been labelled "illogical" by a senior end-of-life doctor.
Palliative care consultant Claud Regnard said scrapping the Liverpool Care Pathway - which recommends the withdrawal of treatment, food and water from some sedated patients in their final hours or days - is a "tragedy".
The decision to scrap the measure was made in July after an independent review concluded doctors had used the pathway "as an excuse for poor-quality care".
A Department of Health spokeswoman said an independent review into end of life care system the Liverpool Care Pathway, was commissioned last year by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb and backed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
It is likely to recommend that the LCP is phased out over the next 6 to 12 months.
Phil McCarvill at Marie Curie Cancer Care has said that the Liverpool Care Pathway remains an "important part of good end-of-life care".
But he said that his charity is calling for a national audit in order to "ensure confidence in end-of-life care" in the UK.
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The Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has said he welcomes the proposal to legally oblige health professionals to inform patients' relatives before making end-of-life care decisions.
He said: "I welcome this move to strengthen families' rights in end-of-life care.
"I support the Liverpool Care Pathway, but it is absolutely essential that it is properly explained to people. Families must be fully involved and consulted at every stage.
"But, while these changes are good as far as they go, I would like to see much more ambition from the Government on end-of-life care.
"Far too many families in England find themselves spending their final hours with a loved-one in a hospital. Many would much rather be together at home or in a hospice.
The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is a best practice guide designed to help health professionals across the NHS give patients better care in their last few hours or days.
Its name comes from the Liverpool-based NHS Trust that developed the pathway in 1997.
The pathway can be used irrespective of the diagnosis and can be used in a hospital, home, hospice or care home - but only when all relevant medical staff agree that the patient is dying.
- Medication may be reviewed
- Relatives of the patient should be consulted about maintaining the patient's comfort
- Intake of food and fluids may be reviewed in the best interests of the patient
- Any spiritual or religious needs of the patient should be determined and catered for
Professor Mark Glaser, the cancer specialist who treated the former Labour Cabinet minister Mo Mowlam, has described the Liverpool Care Pathway as "corrupt".
Roy Lilley, a former NHS Trust Chairman has told Daybreak that the Liverpool Care Pathway in principle works, however the "wheels come off" when relatives aren't informed properly.
Denise Charlesworth-Smith, who lives in Brookville, near Methwold, has told Daybreak that her father, Phil, was placed on the controversial Liverpool Care Plan by a Nottinghamshire hospital without any consultation with her family.