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What about a prognosis for death

This is what the PATRICK PULLICINO, professor of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Kent, has to say about it.

“The crux of the problem is that it is not possible, even for an experienced specialist, to determine with any accuracy if a person’s medical condition is going to be imminently fatal. Since there is no proven scientific way to predict imminent death, the decision of the LCP consensus group is more a consensus on perceived quality of life than on the likelihood of impending death.”

Was this Margaret’s fate, elderly, disabled, some problems with her heart, not breathing too well when she got to the hospital? Did  they see somebody’s mum or just another burden on an already oversubscribed hospital? Professor Pullicino puts it like this,

“The most insidious thing about the LCP is that it is put forward as a ‘care’ pathway whereas in fact it has become a licence for medical personnel to suspend normal clinical care.”

So, if you’re an Eddie or an Annette tonight, today, remember Margaret and all the 100’s of others and tell them this:

“There is no scientific way to predict imminent death”

Even the Gold Standard Framework 2055 much vaunted by the supporters of the LCP (version 12) STATES THAT:

“The recognition and diagnosis of dying is always complex; irrespective of previous diagnosis or history. Uncertainty is an integral part of dying.”

Tragically

“uncertainty” has not played a part in many, many of the deaths that are happening.

Not so much a GOLD STANDARD more tin and rust.