The incentives are paid to hospitals for ensuring that a set percentage of those who die on their wards have been put on the Liverpool Care Pathway, figures disclosed to a newspaper have revealed.
The LCP is intended to ease the last hours of dying patients to save them the suffering caused by invasive treatment but is controversial because critics say it is a way of hastening their deaths.
Figures disclosed to a newspaper shows that in some cases, hospitals have been set targets that between a third and two thirds of all the deaths should be on the pathway.
And perhaps this is one of them.
I know, I know. But there’s one hell of a difference to my mind between operating a DNR policy and refusing a sip of water to a dying person.