Yes, yes, I know. We all dies, there\’s no point in CPR for someone who is going to die in 45 minutes anyway. Going out in a haze of heroin is better than many other ways.
Every year 130,000 patients are placed on the LCP, which usually involves heavy sedation with morphine or similar drugs.
If memory serves that\’s around one third of all deaths each year.
My reading of this, no doubt a highly partisan and partial one, is that what we really have here is a case of centralised bureaucratitis. Something that is indeed a good idea for some small portion of the soon to be ex-population is looked at, a committee thinks, oooooh, what a good idea and then it\’s imposed upon near all. With the usual financial incentives of a central command and control system.
The problem being that what might be appropriate for some is not necessarily appropriate for all.