Caring for People in the Last Days and Hours of Life: National Statement

In December 2013 the Scottish Government accepted the recommendation that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) should be phased out in Scotland by December 2014. This statement confirms the current position.

Health and Care providers across Scotland are committed to the provision of consistently high quality end of life care for all that reflects the 4 principles set out in the guidance ‘Caring for people in the last days and hours of life‘ published at the end of 2013:

  • Principle 1: Informative, timely and sensitive communication is an essential component of each individual person’s care
  • Principle 2: Significant decisions about a person’s care, including diagnosing dying, are made on the basis of multi-disciplinary discussion
  • Principle 3: Each individual person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are recognised and addressed as far as is possible
  • Principle 4: Consideration is given to the wellbeing of relatives or carers attending the person
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