It might be better if we called the Liverpool Pathway what it actually is: euthanasia.
The combination of morphine and dehydration is known to be lethal, and four-hourly reassessment is pointless if the patient is in a drug-induced coma. No one should be deprived of consciousness except for the gravest reason, and drug regimes should follow the accepted norms as laid down in national formularies.
Agreed, there is a delicate line between the opiate doses needed to alleviate the pain of certain diseases and the opiate doses which kill.
But dosing them up and dehydrating them is over on the other side of that line, no?
the pathway, which is implemented in up to 29 per cent of hospital deaths.
Note that this is not about do not resusitate: we have a deliberate and specific course of action which is intended will lead to the death of the patient.
It\’s very difficult indeed to call this anything other than euthanasia.
And, you know, killing people is wrong.