Friday, November 30, 2012

Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan | Mail Online

The following excerpts are from The Daily Mail online:
  • Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.
  • Until now, end of life regime the Liverpool Care Pathway was thought to have involved only elderly and terminally-ill adults.
  • But the Mail can reveal the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.
  • One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone. 
  • Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a  baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’. 
  • The LCP – on which 130,000 elderly and terminally-ill adult patients die each year – is now the subject of an independent inquiry ordered by ministers.
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