Draft Parliamentary questions

Written

1        To Sec of State for Health

Can he give an assurance that end of life care given within the NHS is determined only by good evidence based medicine and is not influenced by consideration of age or finance, and will he make a statement?

2        Is the Department of Health collating complaints from families who are distressed by their experience of the Liverpool Care Pathway? Currently the only avenue open to them is the complaints procedure through individual trusts. Given the current public concern is this sufficient and is his department to take an overview, and will he make a statement?

Oral

1        What is the cost of a days care in hospital for a dying person? What savings overall would ensue, if deaths were brought forward by one day and will he make a statement?

2        What amount of funding under Cquins ( Care quality innovations ) is being provided by his department, to extend the Liverpool Care Pathway throughout the hospital service and will he make a statement?

3        What advise is his department giving to commissioners to extend the Liverpool Care Pathway to nursing homes and care homes and general practitioners caring for a person at home and will he make a statement?

4        In connection with the Liverpool Care Pathway, who at present gives consent for this and will he make a statement?

5        Is it the case that the Liverpool Care Pathway may be refused by a competent patient or by a valid and applicable advance directive, and will he make a statement?

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