A lonely death on the 'care' pathway: MPs demand action after another patient is chosen to die without doctors telling family | Mail Online So let's get this straight. They knew this lady was going to die, and imminently. And had removed the various tubes feeding her... And NO ONE saw fit to mention this to the family? Or even enquire why there was NO ONE by her bed. There is no need for a review. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital just need to do the following... 1. Doctor decides that a patient is 'on the pathway'. 2. THAT DOCTOR, no one else, informs the family or a member of staff whose sole task is informing relatives of what is going on. Once informed a sheet goes in to the patient notes, let's make it red paper, or black edged, with clear instructions of who, when and how was told. They could even sign it on their next visit, so that there is NO confusion. If we need to find money for such a member of staff then we either get rid of a manager or every manager in the hospital makes a £5 a day 'compassion' payment. Just by not having a review and printing of this post would probably fill the post for a year. Radical solution I know, but can't hospitals have a 'religious office'? Religious people, of all faiths in the area, on speed dial to help in such a situation? Perhaps on the understanding they will carry out the task no matter what the faith of the people involved? ie a Catholic would tell a Sikh family if no one else could be found and the situation warranted it. Isaiah (Old testamant) 6.8 "... I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." If it does go further and the family are not aware, then the doctor who signs off the 'pathway' gets their arrse pulled apart and an oxygen cylinder shoved in dry... and a 6 month doc of pay. I am sure there are others here who have been there at the end. It is reassuring to know you have time to talk, or just sit and hold their hands hoping that they are aware of their loved ones presence.