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Senior doctor: axing of care pathway 'illogical'

The decision to axe the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is "illogical", palliative care consultant Claud Regnard has said. The end-of-life doctor said the care regime was being used as a "scapegoat".

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Decision to axe care pathway 'illogical'

The decision to axe a controversial care pathway scheme has been labelled "illogical" by a senior end-of-life doctor.

In July an independent review panel said they were "shocked" and "upset" at some of the "distressing" cases of care used. Credit: PA

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".

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