Elderly ‘deprived of food and drink so they die more quickly’

Leading doctors have claimed that hospitals could be depriving elderly patients of food and drink so they die more quickly to cut costs and free up bed spaces.

Every year, thousands of terminally ill people are placed on a ‘care pathway’ to quicken the ends of their lives.

But, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, six doctors who specialise in elderly care claimed hospitals across the country could be using the controversial practice.

They suggested that this could be to ease pressure on hospital resources.

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