Doctors have used a controversial end-of-life care regime "as an excuse for poor-quality care", an independent review has concluded.
Experts have recommended that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) should be axed, the review of the pathway was chaired by crossbench peer Baroness Neuberger who said hydration problems were the "biggest issue" raised by people who gave evidence to the review.
The same stories keep emerging of poor care, appalling communications and oft a lack of attention or compassion.
Among the worst stories were of people on the Liverpool Care Pathway for days going into weeks without communication or review or discussion.
– Baroness Neuberger
And also desperate stories of desperate people who are longing for a drink of water who were, through misunderstanding of the LCP and poor care, denied a drink.
Care and support minister Norman Lamb confirmed that the pathway would be phased out in coming months.