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60,000 a yr go on 'death pathways' HOSPITALS.

UP to 60,000 patients per year die on the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway without giving their consent. The figure emerged as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday defended the use of the pathways as a "fantastic step forward".

Critics say the care regime, in which medics deny dying hospital patients food and water, is an attempt to cut costs and free up beds. And many families are said not to have given consent either But Mr Hunt said: "Lots of people don't want to die with tubes going in and out of their body. They actually want to die in a dignified way."

The number of patients dying on the pathway emerged from a joint study by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute and the Royal College of Physicians.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2012
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