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Conservative MP Glyn Davies led a debate on the Liverpool Care Pathway on 8 January 2013.
Liverpool University's Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute describes the care pathway as a form of "integrated care" used to "drive up sustained quality of the dying in the last hours and days of life".
The aim of the pathway is to ensure that hospices' practices in caring for the dying are transferred to other clinical areas, so that wherever a person is dying they receive equally good care.
In November 2012, the government announced an inquiry into allegations that thousands of people had been placed on the pathway without their knowledge or consent.