A recent example of a model of the best way to care for dying patients was the Liverpool Care Pathway. It was developed at the Royal University Hospital in Liverpool, along with the Marie Curie Hospice also in Liverpool.
Many people criticised the LCP and dubbed it “the road to death”, but there was also a significant number of people who believed it provided a quiet and pain-free exit from a life that was near its end. However, there were cases of patients who recovered, after being taken off the LCP and given alternative treatment. Newspaper articles with storylines like this built up enough momentum to ensure the LCP could not continue as unquestioned policy.