In Great Britain – 57,000 Patients a Year Die Without Being Told Life-Saving Treatments Have Been Stopped

Coming soon to America – Secret Death Panels

The worries about Liverpool Care Pathway arise from reports that it is sometimes invoked without informing either the patient or family. (Photo: Alamy)

In December a national audit found that half of dying patients placed on the controversial “Liverpool Care Pathway” are never told that life-saving treatment has been withdrawn. Each year 57,000 patients die without being told life-saving treatments have been stopped. And For 22 per cent of these patients, there was no evidence that comfort and safety had been maintained while medication was administered.

And, it’s not just the patients who are in the dark. A third of families are also not told when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.
BizzyBlog reported:

The latest news about the pathway has drawn the attention of a few prolife blogs in the U.S., but almost no attention from U.S. establishment press sources.

That’s stunnning, given both the seriousness of the news about the pathway’s real-world effects, and the reactions of those who insist that it’s still a great thing in their brave new healthcare world. A UK Daily mail item on December 30 summarized the extent of the horror in three succinct sentences:

Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday.

A third of families are also kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.

Despite the revelations, Jeremy Hunt last night claimed the pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’.

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  • Robert

    Piers Morgan had no comment.

  • Between abortion and national healthcare, the leftists should be able to eliminate the US inside of one hundred years.

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  • Lim Lynn

    Similar to Barack Hussein Obama pushing the poor old lady down the cliff because of fiscal cliff. That’s what Socialism wants to reduce useless old people dependent to keep them alive.

  • Lim Lynn

    Become poorest compared the population of the World and losing source of wisdom from respected elderly easily govern by foolish and ignorent Union, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and Mafia style Mexican Drug Cartels.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    This is what state controlled “healthcare” ultimately looks like. Plenty of Obots are just fine with it.

  • Bill Stanley

    In Great Britain you can get all the private healthcare you want if you can pay for it. These 57,000 people are just poor and can’t afford anything more than the safety net the state offers.

  • vicky

    It happens plenty in the US, as well. Doctors bully families to agree to terminate life support & extended medical care prematurely, taking advantage of the families’ dependence on the doctors’ medical knowledge. Often the hospitals just want to free the bed for the next patient…another hospital science project, to many of the doctors who consider patients a mere nuisance.

  • colint

    To me “life saving treatment” is treatment that is expected to result in the patient recovering and leaving the hospital. If the facts of the patient’s condition are that the patient is not going to recover then they stop treatment that is just prolonging (the discomfort of ) the dying process. I am not convinced that what is being done is morally wrong.

  • Kissmygrits

    Will Mr. Hunt rethink his position when he’s on the path way?

  • EyesWideOpen

    The health system in the UK is an abomination. GP’s are now drawing up their hit lists! This “campaign” has a name – The Find Your 1% campaign – (identify your patients that are on their “last legs”) – it is calculated and chilling and they are twisting it to make it sound like they CARE that you have a “good DEATH” – what about a good LIFE, and the care and preservation of LIFE?! People that are a little more frail, and often actually have no illness or disease, are being picked off by the vultures of our “wonderful” NHS. The Liverpool Care Pathway is another one of these sordid plans with the intention of taking life, often prematurely, and should be renamed “LICENCE TO KILL”. Please read this petition and support it if you can –

  • To think that Sarah Palin was mocked about this very thing!

    See O voters? This travesty is next just wait!

  • Lim Lynn

    Sadly, we may never know motive of the doctors, the factors affecting decision made by doctor, patients and their family members for every case of terminating life support Seems they the doctors weren’t upholding the Hippocratic Oath.

  • oldguy

    This is what happens when you allow white Poofers to run your country.

  • Limousine Barry

    Why didn’t I think of that idea!

    It’s a great way of disposing of the old people! What a great vote buying scam!

    It could be packaged to my dole dependent voters on the premise that killing their old family members would increase the size of their EBT card payments!

    The savings to SSI and Medicare would be huge! And, my voter base would grow larger!

    I could switch my “end-of-life” counseling from the actually old person and give the “end-of-life decision” to my progressive supporters!

    “If you commit your Old Mother to an 0bamaCare Pathway to Death Center and YOU will get larger EBT cards” – to spend on booze, weed and campaign donations!

    I’ll ask my young progressive supporters to sign a simple statement for their elderly parents facilitating death by dehydration in the nearest 0bama Pathway to Death Facility!

    Who needs the signature of actual Old People whose ashes will be put into a brass bottle? Their progressive children can do it for them!

    The same could be done for children! Even more savings and bigger EBT cards!

    I would have to adjust my medicine show pitch. I would highlight the horrible cost of keeping Down’s syndrome Davie or Hyper Active Annie alive! That money could converted into higher EBT cards for You!

    My enormous black limo is run out of fuel and David Axelrod has a new scam for my younger donors. It involves shifting my talents from kill jobs to kill people!

    My talking points will be “How to increase your monthly EBT card amount by decreasing the number of Old People.” With the MSM’s help it can work! I cannot answer any more questions. Good day.

  • dba_vagabond_trader


    I suspect life saving treatment in this case involves hydration and nutrition. I’d be curious to know who you think has the moral authority to make these decisions for a human being.

  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    Yes… the non-existent members of the non-existent death panels which is not composed of politically-appointed Gov’t Bureaucrats absolutely did not in any way tell any of those doctors to withhold any treatments that would have extended the lives of any of their patients. IT JUST DID NOT HAPPEN!!

  • Mike Schmidt

    What’s preventing them from going elsewhere for the treatment they want?

  • Exile1981

    In the telegraph article referenced it clearly says that the study only looked at the conscious aware patients. So that nearly 57k patients were ones aware and able to make a decision about the procedure and never consulted. These were not brain dead people being left to die, these were elderly they removed food and water and medication from before giving them massive doses of other drugs to help them along. I’m sorry this is a form of murder, slow murder as the report says that it takes an average of 29 hours once they put you on it to die.

  • Rachelle

    Basically, this is Obamacare a few years down the line – – or Mayor Bloomberg Care.

  • Sam Stone

    Now we know where Obama got HIS Death Panels.

  • Obama and the Democrats promise over and over that the rich will pay, but with socialized medicine it never works out that way. The rich have more resources to use for protecting themselves, by purchasing private healthcare, for example. The poorest and most vulnerable people, especially the elderly, always suffer the most because they don’t have any way to protect themselves from government bureaucrats who are rewarded financially for meeting government cost savings goals. As Rush put it so succinctly, you can save lives or save money–never both.

  • Lim Lynn

    Anyway, save life would mean a lot to most family since they doesn’t want their elderly family member dies tragically. Now that I remember American hospice did kill elderly family members when they were still on medication, water and nutrition through IV tube and lines [Intravenous therapy].

  • Stephen Meares

    Sounds like a great idea to me. When your times up its up.

  • donh

    Vorwarts !

  • Lawrence Rosenthal

    They could have bought insurance to supplement their state provided care.

  • Warren Peece

    Stephen Meares, you are a ghoul.

    The “Liverpool pathway” is also what is used to murder babies:

  • bg



    January 12, 2013

    White House Responds to All of Those Secession Petitions:
    There’s No Right to Secede

    [The Obama administration on Friday responded to the wave of
    secession petitions that spread online following the November
    election, preaching unity over division and saying there’s no
    right to secede.]

    video needs updating, but it’s still somewhat relevant..

    Do States Actually Have The Right To Secede?


  • OldmanRick

    Euthanasia is cheap. Life saving is expensive. Just how much is human life worth? According to the progressive socialists not so much.

  • listingstarboard

    Vicky and LimLin–I have been a nurse for 26 years in a hospital and have never personally seen any physician “bully” a family into ANY decision, usually its the opposite. Do you have any actual documentated statistics about American doctors prompting families to end the lives of their elderly?There have been countless times I have seen families push doctors into doing “everything possible” including putting in invasive lines, pacemakers, ventilator etc. when it truly was futile. I don’t discount that it does happen occasionally but you make it sound like it happens routinely here, which I do not believe. But I believe it soon will be happening here if we get a Nationalised Health service.

  • listingstarboard

    The demonization of American doctors has been pushed hard by the Obama regime–a regime heavily loaded with lawyers. Now if any profession has done more to destroy the American dream it is lawyers, especially trial lawyers. Wish people would start shining the spotlight on the destruction caused by THAT profession.

  • JoyO

    This is what we have to look forward with Obamacare.

  • Servo1969

    Jeremy Hunt last night claimed the pathway was a ‘fantastic step forward’.
    “At last we can finally be rid of all these damn old people.”

  • Mn8

    Press TV? You’ve got to be joking me. What is this? Counterintelligence?

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