That old age is not worth living.” ‘The elderly, the frail are our society.
They are our parents and grandparents, our carers and neighbours, and they are every one of us in the not-too-distant future …
‘Very likely many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP.‘Patients are frequently put on the pathway without a proper analysis of their condition.
‘Predicting death in a time frame of three to four days, or even at any other specific time, is not possible scientifically.
They’re making money out of killing people.’The Mail has highlighted growing fears of patients’ relatives and doctors that the Pathway is being applied to patients without their families’ knowledge and when they still have a chance of recovery.
The regime, which involves the withdrawal of food and fluids as well as medical treatment, is designed to be used on patients who are dying.
Professor Pullicino said he had returned to work after a weekend to find the patient unresponsive and his family upset because they had not agreed to place him on the LCP.‘I removed the patient from the LCP despite significant resistance,’ he said.‘His seizures came under control and four weeks later he was discharged home to his family,’ he said.
In the example of the 71-year-old, Professor Pullicino revealed he had given the patient another 14 months of life by demanding the man be removed from the LCP.
The end result of this: Doctors who compete not to deal with the elderly as they come into the emergency room and elderly patients who spend their valuable treatment and recovery time apologising to doctors “I don’t want to be a burden”, “I know I’m a nuisance”.4.
Our healthcare system fails them Currently hospitals require all elderly patients to complete a treatment plan outlining their future limitations on treatment.