But clinicians at the British Medical Association's Annual Representatives Meeting in Edinburgh admitted that there are some serious problems with the LCP. (Daily Mail) (Telegraph)
The problems identified include:
- Relatives unaware family members were on the LCP
- Senior clinicians unaware patients were on the LCP
- Patients left on the LCP for weeks without any review or re-evaluation.
- Financial incentives offered to hospitals to get people on the pathway - a system put in place to reward good practice – risks a tick-box culture where clinicians may be tempted to feel that the job is done simply by getting the patient on to the LCP