U.K. Euthanasia Expands from Elderly to Infants

By:  Michael Tennant
12/21/2012
       
U.K. Euthanasia Expands from Elderly to Infants

A controversial end-of-life care pathway already known to be killing thousands of elderly patients in U.K. hospitals is now being used to euthanize children and infants.

A controversial end-of-life care pathway already known to be killing thousands of elderly patients in U.K. hospitals is now being used to euthanize children and infants.

News reports have previously disclosed that hospitals in the United Kingdom are euthanizing thousands of elderly patients who may not be near death — and raking in big bucks from the government for doing so. Now it emerges that the aged are not alone in being killed by starvation and dehydration. Infants, too, are falling victim to “nationalized health care … mixed with the belief that quality of life is more important than life itself,” in the words of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

According to London’s Daily Mail, “the practice of withdrawing food and fluid by tube” — known as the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) — “is being used on young patients as well as severely disabled newborn babies.” The LCP for children, it says, “involves the discharge to home or to a hospice of children who are given a document detailing their ‘end of life’ care.” The paper claims to have “seen” a copy of the children’s LCP guidelines, which include “tick boxes, filled out by hospital doctors, on medicines, nutrients and fluids to be stopped.”

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (pictured), which developed the LCP for children, “confirmed that children and babies are discharged for LCP end of life care ‘after all possible reversible causes for the patient’s condition are considered,’” the Mail writes.

How did the LCP, originally developed by a hospice for use in very limited circumstances, come to be applied to old people who were not terminally ill and babies with birth defects? In a piece for National Review Online, Wesley J. Smith explained:

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Photo of Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, U.K.

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