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Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the full scale of financial inducements for the first time. They suggest that about 85 per cent of trusts have now adopted the regime, which can involve the removal of hydration and nutrition from dying patients. More than six out of 10 of those trusts - just over half of the total - have received or are due to receive financial rewards for doing so amounting to at least Â£12million.
When well over 100,000 are dying on the LCP each year, the suspicion inevitably arises that the pathway is being used to hasten death and free up beds.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2222710/Liverpool-Care-Pathway-A-welcome-review-pathway-death.htmlI don't know if I trust the daily mail but this is not the first time I have heard this claim.
The Daily Mail often breaks stories before they are covered here about US politics.
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