When doctors agree -
|Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins|
- Baroness Hollins, president-elect of the British Medical Association
|Professor Patrick Pullicino|
"This determination in the LCP leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. The personal views of the physician or other medical team members of perceived quality of life or low likelihood of a good outcome are probably central in putting a patient on the LCP."
"There are dangers in grouping patients labelled 'terminal' in institutions, because diagnoses can be wrong (1). There is a risk that if all the staff in an institution are orientated towards death and dying and non-intervention, treatable illness may be overlooked. Not everyone who is referred for terminal care proves to be terminally ill, and no physician should accept such a diagnosis without reviewing the evidence personally."
- Dr. Gillian M Craig Consultant Geriatrician, Northampton
(1) Kamisar Y. In: Downing A, ed. Euthanasia and the
right to death. London: Peter Owen, 1969: 100-101.