Sir David Nicholson said he supported whistle blowers…

Sir David Nicholson said he supported whistle-blowers and had always been “honest and truthful” with MPs.
Tory MP Stephen Barclay had said he was either “complicit in a cover-up” or had not asked questions about confidential payments made to departing staff.
Since 2008 the MP discovered that 52 payments totalling £2m have been made.
It is not known if the payments made by 30 hospitals who responded to Mr Barclay’s Freedom of Information requests included gagging orders.
In March, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said gagging clauses in N.H.S severance agreements must end.

Courtesy of BBC News & Daily Telegraph

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Cash4Contracts – Liverpool Care Pathway – Die For Profit

English: Royal Liverpool Hospital

Almost two-thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totaling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows.

The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the full-scale of financial inducements for the first time.

They suggest that about 85 per cent of trusts have now adopted the regime, which can involve the removal of hydration and nutrition from dying patients.

More than six out of 10 of those trusts – just over half of the total – have received or are due to receive financial rewards for doing so amounting to at least £12million.

At many hospitals more than 50 per cent of all patients who died had been placed on the pathway and in one case the proportion of forseeable deaths on the pathway was almost nine out of 10.

Last night the Department of Health insisted that the payments could help make sure that people were “treated with dignity in their final days and hours”.

But opponents described it as “absolutely shocking” that hospitals could be paid to employ potentially “lethal” treatments.

The LCP was originally developed at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the city’s Marie Curie hospice to ease suffering in dying patients, setting out principles for how they to be treated.

It involves the withdrawal of treatments or tests from patients which doctors believe could cause distress and do more harm than good.

Protocols say that doctors should consult the patient, if possible, and their families.

But the system has been mired in controversy amid claims that it can actively hasten death.

A series of cases have also come to light in which family members said they were not consulted or even informed when food and fluids were withheld from their loved-ones.

According to responses from a sample of 72 trusts, at least £12.4 million has been paid out in the past two to three years to trusts which hit targets associated with use of the care pathway. But the full figure could be more than £20 million.

Ace News Services: say that this story belies all human decency of life and the so-called actual care of our elderly in hospitals! The mere fact that people die due to lack of fluid or food is bad enough, now a private initiative is opening the doorway to ” death on demand ” and figures l have found from various sources that upward of £500 million will be paid if these people hit their targets of so many people being LET TO DIE, in just one year!  

This system was devised and originally developed by ” Royal Liverpool University ” and ” Marie Curie Hospice ” to ease suffering! There only way to ease suffering is to stop CARING and Marie Curiewould turn in her grave if she was alive to see this happen!!!!!  

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Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal (Photo credit: HowardLake)

This is how we used to care and to help you through your pain!!!  Not Now it is Profit Before People!!       

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