Following the publication of the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, The Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, has made the following response:
“The Catholic Church has a long tradition of care for the dying combining acknowledgement of death with care for vulnerable patients. It was in response to concerns raised by Catholics and by others about end of life care in England and Wales that I called for an enquiry into the use of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP).”
“I welcome the report of Baroness Neuberger into the implementation of the LCP and the initial response to that report from the government. It is clear that the committee has taken its responsibilities very seriously and has listened to patients, relatives, doctors and nurses. The committee has sought to protect the positive aspects of the LCP while proposing a new more flexible and personalised framework of ‘end of life care plans’. This report and its recommendations are worthy of careful consideration.”
“From a Catholic perspective, the key issue is that, whatever pathway, plan or framework is adopted, it must be implemented ethically, with care for the patient always as the first priority.”
More Care, Less Pathway A review on gov.uk of the Liverpool Care Pathway
The Moral Philosophy of Dr Elizabeth Anscombe
On 27th and 28th September 2013 the Anscombe Bioethics Centre will host a major international conference on the moral philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe, after whom the Centre is named.
Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe has been described as ‘a giant among women philosophers’, as ‘the greatest English philosopher of her generation’ and as one of the ‘pioneers of a genuine renewal of Catholic thought’. She was ‘a titan in the world of philosophy’ who was ‘widely recognised as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century’.
The venue will be St Hugh’s College, Oxford (where Dr Anscombe was an undergraduate student). The price is £140 for ‘early bird’ conference registration, light refreshments and lunch only for the two conference days (without accommodation). Concessions £70. For details please see the booking pages.
Participants, who are all bioethicists and moral philosophers of international standing, will include:
Rev Prof Kevin Flannery SJ
Dr Mary Geach,
Rev David Goodill OP
Prof Luke Gormally,
Dr Edward Harcourt,
Dr David Albert Jones,
Prof Anselm Müller (Anscombe Memorial Lecturer 2013),
Dr Matthew O’Brien,
Prof Thomas Pink,
Prof Duncan Richter,
Dr Roger Teichmann,
Prof Jose Maria Torralba and
Prof Candace Vogler.
For more information, programme and to register visit here
To read more about Elizabeth Anscombe read here