January 1, 2013

“FANTASTIC STEP FORWARD:” Britain: 60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told but minister still says controversial end-of-life plan is ‘fantastic.’ “The review follows a public outcry over a string of disturbing cases, highlighted by this paper, in which patients or their families were ignored. . . . It found many patients were not consulted despite being conscious when doctors decided on their care. Records from 178 hospitals also show that thousands of people on the pathway are left to die in pain because nurses do not do enough to keep them comfortable while drugs are administered.”