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Liverpool Care Pathway – next steps now clearer with setting up of new leadership alliance

The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was developed by specialists in palliative care to improve the management of dying patients but its implementation was dogged by controversy leading to the establishment of an independent review. The review, chaired by Crossbench Peer Baroness Neuberger, published its report […]

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BMA affirms Liverpool Care Pathway

Negative media coverage of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) in recent months has been incredibly unhelpful, spreading fear and confusion amongst patients and relatives. A small number of well-publicised failures to use the tool properly have led to a widespread smearing of its name. Some […]


Liverpool Care Pathway – nine points for the government to consider in its review

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, yesterday hailed the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) for patients who are dying as ‘a fantastic step forward’ in the way hospitals support the terminally ill. I agree that the LCP is a useful clinical tool that has […]


Health professionals and organisations misusing LCP should be reported to regulators, says CQC

The Liverpool Care Pathway was developed at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city’s Marie Curie hospice to relieve suffering in dying patients, setting out principles for their treatment in their final days and hours. But it has been dogged by controversy with claims […]


Investigation into the Liverpool Care Pathway – an update

On Monday 26 November, Care Minister Norman Lamb MP (pictured) convened roundtable talks with parliamentarians, doctors and patients’ representatives to discuss the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). During the meeting, which I attended, the Minister announced a far-reaching review to consider the various issues raised, […]