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Norman Lamb writes… A once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our health and care system

In 1997 Tony Blair told the Labour Party conference “I don’t want brought up in a country where the only way pensioners can get long-term care is by selling their home.” And yet speaking to the Health Select Committee in 2010, in Labour’s final months in office, Andy Burnham said, “every member of the Cabinet believed social care to be an area that had not been properly reformed and was one of great unfairness”. In thirteen years of talk, and promises, Labour did nothing to fix our dysfunctional, and profoundly unfair, system of funding social care.

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Norman Lamb writes: The Liverpool Care Pathway and end of life care

I imagine many people had not heard of the Liverpool Care Pathway before it hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago with allegations of patients denied drugs, liquid and sustenance and families experiencing real distress. Set up in the late 1990s, its intention was to help spread elements of the hospice model of care into other settings: hospitals, care homes and people’s own homes. We all want to know that our loved ones – no matter where they are – will receive dignified and appropriate care in the last hours and days of their life.

Used properly, the Pathway ensures that individuals receive whatever treatments are right for them in their final days. The Liverpool Care Pathway itself is very clear that patients should be involved in decisions about their care if possible, and that carers and families should always be included in the decision-making process.

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  • User AvatarDuncan Brack 23rd Nov - 6:34pm
    I know I'm two days behind this post, but just for the sake of completeness: Allan - yes, as I'm aware, UK spending on tackling...
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    @Tsar Nicolas You mean 6% in 1989 (not 16%). I have posted in the members' only forum.
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    @Toby you're right, but there are a few things to bear in mind. Some local parties are pretty much beyond help and/or actually put people...
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    Without meaning to stray further off topic.. My Mum used to prefer being called 'girl' (in a nice way of course). My apologies anyway!