The LCP was devised and put together in 2001 at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, hence the name. A Professor John Ellershaw and colleagues, one of whom was Deborah Murphy, Associate Director Marie Curie Institute – an organisation with a particular interest in Palliative (end of life care), came on board for what appeared to be the following reason. There had been some concerns about how end of life care was carried out, in particular if you were a hospital patient, not a hospice patient. Another concern was inappropriate medical intervention that caused unnecessary pain and gave little or no relief to someone in the last hours or days of their life. Symptoms were poorly controlled; pain relief was hit and miss, although not difficult if you were properly trained in palliative care. And so it was felt that some guidelines as to what was appropriate could only be of help to the patient.
The belief was that there was a lot to learn from the hospice movement. This had been pioneered by Dame Cicely Saunders whose own motto about dying was:
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
Dr. Richard Lamerton was trained by and worked alongside Cicely Saunders here he offers his comment on the LCP,
To use our knowledge and methods to kill off patients because the doctor doesn’t know how to care for them properly, or because the hospital administrator wants the bed cleared, is inexcusable. And criminal.”
Be aware that the LCP relies heavily on the MENTAL CAPACITY ACT 2005
And its link with the sad death of TONY BLAND, it seems that the legacy of Hillsborough goes on and on.
Please note: All patients that become victims of the use of the MENTAL CAPACITY ACT and who are unable to speak or make decisions for themselves including disabled people are all at a higher risk. If you have a relative who is disabled please read.
Death by indifference MENCAP report