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Palliative Care

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the use of the Liverpool Pathway for Terminal Care. (231589)

The Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) is an established and respected evidence-based tool that is used extensively throughout the national health service for the care of people at the end of life. It is recommended in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's Guidance on Supportive and Palliative Care and is also commended in the Government's recently published End of Life Care Strategy for adults. The Government supported the roll-out of the LCP, and other tried and tested tools, through the NHS End of Life Care programme (2004 to 2007) to help improve the care given to people at the end of life.