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Monday, 19 November 2012

"Pryke Panicking As She Should Be"

Man claims "Doctors murdered my wife"

There are concerns in Jersey over a controversial end-of-life care system, where dying patients are denied food and water for days.

The Liverpool Care Pathway is a recognised model of care during the final stages of life, designed to ease suffering.

But in the UK, many families have spoken out against the Pathway, saying they were not informed that their relative had been put on the regime.

Now some Islanders are criticising the method of care as cruel and unethical.

Islander Alan Booth says doctors forced his wife, Sue, to die, by withdrawing food and water for two days, without the family's consent. Although Sue had battled breast cancer for 7 years, she'd been told her cancer was under control.

Alan Booth says, "The doctors murdered my wife. She didn't die naturally, she didn't die of cancer. She was put on a Pathway which is designed to kill. That was professed to be 'care'."

"Her lips were dry and cracked and her tongue was completely solid - she was completely dehydrated. It was very disturbing to see her like that."

Although the words Liverpool Care Pathway were not used by doctors in this case, withdrawing food and water is a common method of that system.

The Health Minister says she cannot comment on individual cases - but she does say the Pathway regime would never be used without the consent of family members.

Click here for a leaflet on 'Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient.'


  1. At least my mother was asked by the doctors how much care should they offer my grandfather after he had set light to himself smoking in bed and fallen asleep.
    She said just to make him comfortable as he was, by then, in a poor physical state and very frail.

    And this was over 30 odd years ago. Letting patients 'go' is not new.

    The Beano is not the Rag