AVOIDABLE DEATHS...SEPSIS... END OF LIFE CARE MISUSE..A PUBLIC INQUIRY NEEDED

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  • Dear Mr Hancock I have started this petition with regards to the "Right to Life" for a Public Inquiry into Aintree Hospital to include my father's medical records to be investigated as part of the Inquiry when he was a patient in there for 8 months in 2012,  after being admitted with constipation, he ended up critically ill & "severely dehydrated"....a tactic used in The End of Life Care Plan....which is being "misused" on the wrong patients in our hospitals targeting vulnerable people including the elderly, & people who lack Mental Capacity.
  • Formerly known as "The Liverpool Care Pathway" developed for terminally Ill patients in Hospices, End of Life Care has perpetuated many of its worst practices on hospital wards allowing patients to suffer days of dehydration under heavy sedation, leaving them unable to ask for food or drink leading to horrible undignified deaths.

Many patients are wrongly put onto End of Life Care instead of minor issues being treated especially if they are deemed to be "too old", all done clearly to save money due to the cost the elderly are putting onto the system ignoring their "Right to Life". This elderly generation have worked all their working lives paying more Taxes & National Insurance Contributions towards the NHS longer than any other generation!!!

This leads me onto my father the late David James, who was a fit & healthy 68 year old talented musician from Liverpool who played on one of Liverpool's clubs just 3 days before driving himself into our local hospital Aintree NHS Trust with stomach pains. After examination by a bowel consultant he was diagnosed with constipation the hospital admitted him into hospital until bowel function resumed.

What should have been a 2 night stay in hospital turned out to be 8 months on CCU!!!.  

We are the family who was at the centre of "The Right to Life" Case in 2012 in The Royal Courts of Justice as the hospital wanted to withdraw treatments 3 weeks after dad was admitted because in their words "he was dying". There was never a diagnosis into what made him critically ill all we know is dad had caught Hospital Acquired Pneumonia within 48 hours of him being admitted into Aintree Hospital then Sepsis resulting from it, which kept him in hospital where he ended up severely dehydrated, kidney failure, & critically ill after just 3 weeks!

The hospital wanted to withdraw all treatments 3 days after dad's admission onto CCU without an explanation why or what happened to him. We felt intimidated as the Hospital tried to get us to agree with them to stop treatments telling us treatments were "futile". We couldn't agree with them so they took us to a Court of Protection in dad's "Best Interests" where doctors admitted he was on "End of Life Care". But we won the case as Judgement was passed that "treatments were not futile & dad still had a Quality of Life Worth Living".

The hospital unfortunately later appealed in The Appeals Court & got the decision overturned when dad caught a hospital acquired infection dad sadly passed away December 31st 2012.

One of our main questions & concerns is Why were doctors so intent on withdrawing all treatments after just 3 weeks of admitting dad, telling us he was dying when he wasn't (he actually lived a further 7 months) & putting him onto End of Life Care after he caught a hospital aquired infection/pneumonia which turned into Sepsis causing Acute Kidney Injury.

In 2013 the case went into The Supreme Court as The Appeals Court had got the Law wrong in its reasoning. The Supreme Court ruled The Court of Protection had got the law correct and that treatments were not "futile" so the "Precedence" Aintree Hospital had tried to set giving permission for all CCU in hospitals the right to withdraw life saving treatments if they thought were "futile" was stopped in The Supreme Court hearing.

We were praised as a family by Lady Hale and judgement was passed that we were correct to have challenged the doctors to carry on treatments as they were not "futile". As a result part of The Mental Capacity Act was then changed for people who lacked Capacity & re-written in the DMG that "doctors must listen to families wishes in decisions on life saving treatments " This judgement has been passed in the Highest Court in the land but many over 65s are being admitted into our hospitals and are still ending up sedated and severely dehydrated ....no matter what they are admitted into hospital with.

I am requesting The Health Secretary to consider dad's casenotes to form part of the Public Inquiry on how he ended up Critically Ill and severely Dehydrated with organ failure with doctors pressurising us to agree with them to withdraw treatments as they were saying were futile .. we want legislation to be passed as Law that families wishes must be considered in doctors decisions of administering/withdrawing treatments when a patient lacks Capacity...Judgement passed and a Ruling made in our Right to Life Case in The Supreme Court in 2013 as a "National Right to Life Legislation" to be known as "Davey's Law" as there are so many people dying in hospitals of these Avoidable Deaths.

It is now coming up to 6 years since dad died and we still don't know why or what happened to him. There has been no Apology for what happened or an Apology for the way we were treated as a family by the hospital. We need clarity & accountability into the factors that led up to dad's death. 

Our NHS Complaint has been passed to 2 Chief Executives of Aintree Hospital, to the NHS Ombudsman, the CQC, the Coroner has been involved, but no one has effectively helped us with it.

If Aintree hospital has done nothing wrong why can't they answer our questions for us to have closure? This whole experience has totally devastated our family!!! My father went into hospital with no terminal illness just CONSTIPATION to end up 8 months as a patient then dying on a CCU Ward because the doctors got permission to withdraw treatments without any explanation of what happened to him in the care of the hospital.

I am requesting for The Health Secretary to investigate into my father's records of when he was a patient at Aintree Hospital from 5th May 2012 to 31st December 2012 to form part of the Public Inquiry for clarification into how he ended up critically ill with sepsis, also accountability from the doctors who told us treatments were futile and an admission of what lead up to my father's avoidable death.

It is in the  public interest to act on what I am asking in this petition as our Court of Protection case was a High Profile Landmark Case which ruled that life saving treatments "were not futile" for my father when doctors were telling us they were "futile" How many other families are getting told this also?

I also want sepsis practices highlighted in hospitals, as correct fluid management control is essential in successfully treating it....my father was severley dehydrated upon admission into CCU...we challenged the doctors for months about his hydration levels and the administration of dangerous opiates including diamorphine!

We hope to prevent this happening to others and to help prevent avoidable deaths 

The End of Life Care plan is clearly getting misused on "the wrong patients" on hospital wards as comments from families across the Country attached to my petition show. These families feel needless avoidable  deaths are happening especially with the elderly.

 We as a family and the public are left devastated, confused, and in total disbelief of how patients are ending up severely dehydrated on wards...and feel it should form part of the Inquiry to help prevent further avoidable deaths.

It is everyones Human Right to receive treatments and correct fluid management control in hospitals its what doctors sign up to " The Hyppocratic Oath" for saving lives!. Im also requesting for a meeting with Mr Hancock to hand this petition in person. I believe this is in the public's best interests for this petition to be dealt with accordingly as what happened to my dad can happen to any one of us!!! Thankyou ..... 

Kind Regards

Julie