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.
I took the decision to launch this review because concerns were raised with me about how patients were being cared for and how families were being treated during this difficult and sensitive time.
We took those concerns very seriously and decided that we needed to establish the facts of what was happening so we could act where needed.
We need a new system of better end-of-life care tailored to the needs of individual patients and involving their families.
It is likely to recommend that the LCP is phased out over the next 6 to 12 months.
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