Daily News Roundup – 15 July 2013

Categories: In The Media.

Liverpool Care Pathway to be ‘phased out’ within a year


The Department of Health is expected to announce the phasing out of the Liverpool Care Pathway within a year, but GP leaders have said they expect it to be replaced with similar end of life guidance, calling into question the government’s motives for removing the LCP.

Liverpool Care Pathway set to be scrapped

Sky News

An independent review of a controversial end of life regime is likely to recommend that it is phased out – video includes comment from Dr Ros Taylor, hospice director, Hospice of St Francis.

Treatment of every Liverpool Pathway patient to be reviewed

The Telegraph

Hospitals will be told to review the treatment of every patient who has been on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway after an independent review found examples of abuse across the NHS.

Ending Liverpool Care Pathway will deprive many of a dignified death

The Telegraph

Because people have been paid to misuse the system, many will be deprived of a dignified death – includes a number of letters, including one from Jonathan Ellis, director of public policy & parliamentary affairs, Help the Hospices.

The essentials of palliative care! Essential medicines on palliative care included in WHO list


The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes a model list of essential medicines, updated every second year by an expert committee, as a guide to provide governments with a tool they can use when procuring medicines that are needed to meet their national priorities.

“If I grieved for patients, I couldn’t do my job”

Dying Matters blog

Julia Bichard, a palliative care registrar in London, shares how a personal experience of bereavement made her reassess the work that she does. 

Hospice has apprentice places in five stores

Portsmouth News

The Rowans Hospice Trading Company is offering a number of apprenticeships to young people aged 16 to 24 at its shops.

Widowed parents allowance – a vital lifeline in danger of being cut

The Guardian

Plans to ‘simplify’ the widowed parent’s allowance could deprive bereaved families of tens of thousand of pounds.

Benefits cap of £500 a week rolls out across Britain

BBC News

A cap on the total amount of benefits that people aged 16 to 64 can receive has begun rolling out across England, Scotland and Wales.

NHS failings ‘suppressed for electoral reasons’

BBC News

An independent expert on mortality rates has suggested that ministers have suppressed details of NHS failings to avoid losing votes.

No review board into early deaths of patients with learning disabilities

The Guardian

Ministers have refused to create a national body to investigate the 1,200 premature deaths a year of patients with learning disabilities in the NHS – a key recommendation of a three-year confidential inquiry.

What good homecare services look like

The Guardian – social care network

Andrea Sutcliffe, chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie), shares examples of best practice, provides a roundup of Scie’s homecare resources and reveals why it’s the small things that make a difference.

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