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Complainant Name:
Dr Julia Bichard

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Dr Julia Bichard complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice that the newspaper's article contained inaccurate statements about the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), a model for delivering palliative care. In particular, the complainant considered that the article misleadingly stated that the LCP "can include withdrawal of treatment - including the provision of water and nourishment by tube - and on average brings a patient to death in 33 hours". The complainant also objected to the title of a text box - "The pathway to certain death" - as a percentage of patients improve and are taken of the LCP. Finally, the complainant considered that the article's statement that patients were typically heavily sedated was misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the text box and the statements in dispute, as well as the publication of the following correction online and in print:

An article on 20 June said that the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), a model for delivering palliative care, ‘brings a patient to death in 33 hours.' We are happy to clarify that this was a report of the opinion of Patrick Pullicino, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, rather than a statement of fact.

Date Published: 23/11/2012



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