'They were treated like dogs waiting to be put down': Son of couple put on 'death pathway' blasts decision to withdraw treatment War veteran Charles Futcher died after being put on Liverpool Care PathwayWife Hilda who was also put on pathway, died ten days after her husband Son Charles Futcher said the decision was made without family consentMail revealed 60,000 patients die a year on pathway without their consent | UPDATED: 10:44 GMT, 1 January 2013 A war veteran and his wife died within days of each other after being put on the Liverpool Care Pathway without consent. Charles Futcher, 90, who fought in the battle of El Alamein, died alone in a care home after he was put on the controversial end-of-life process. Ten days later his wife Hilda, 89, died in the same home after she too was given sedatives and had vital food and fluids withdrawn under pathway procedures
60,000 patients put on death pathway without being told but minister still says controversial end-of-life plan is 'fantastic'Pathway involves the sick being sedated and usually denied nutrition and fluidsFamilies kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatmentHealth Secretary Jeremy Hunt said pathway was a 'fantastic step forward'Anti-euthanasia group said: ‘The Pathway is designed to finish people off double quick' | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 31 December 2012 Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday.
They've sentenced Dad to death: Family's fury after hospital wins legal battle to let grandfather, 69, die if illness deterioratesDavid James, 69, contracted pneumonia during a hospital visit and has been bedridden sinceHis wife May and daughter Julie lost landmark High Court battle last week Local hospital have been allowed to put the retired musician on the Liverpool Care Pathway if his health deteriorates | UPDATED: 10:40 GMT, 29 December 2012 'Smashing': David James's standard comment on his health may not last long Last night, as she has done every night for the past eight months, May James visited her husband in hospital and asked him how he was. Despite the fact he breathes via a ventilator and, since undergoing a tracheotomy (the surgical opening of an airway in the neck), can speak only in a whisper or mouth the words, his response was typically cheery
Driver dies after crashing into two women leaving them seriously injured on seafront walk Victims were taking morning stroll on beach promenade in Sandgate, KentDriver is believed to have had 'medical episode' at the wheel and left the roadWomen were knocked off the pathway and on to pebble beach below | UPDATED: 17:13 GMT, 4 December 2012 One woman is fighting for her life and another has suffered serious injuries after a car careered off the road and hit them while they were taking a seaside stroll.