The Liverpool Care Pathway is a process of removing drugs and procedures at the end of a patients life. Endorsed for use in hospices and more recently hospitals, it aims to make a dying persons remaining few days a more comfortable and dignified experience.
Initially welcomed by Doctors and nurses, but also family members who wanted to see a loved one without tubes or high on drugs in their final hours.
It has recently been shadowed in controversy as families have complained that they were not consulted, and that in some case it brought on death.
The Liverpool Care Pathway was a courageous initiative to create a more dignified Closure experience for the patient and family members. Although its failure is disappointing, the larger regret would be to not tackle this difficult issue and make the last moments of life more meaningful and dignified for the patient and relatives.