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Perhaps they figure the ‘departed’ won’t be able to complain to the PHSO!

Hospice UK has published a new report - A low priority? How local health and care plans overlook the needs of dying people.  The report is based on the results of a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and health & wellbeing boards (HWBs) about whether or not end of life & palliative care was included in their needs assessments and local strategies.

The report explores how local statutory structures address the palliative & end of life care needs of adults & children within their planning & decision-making.  It found that:

  • 34% do not consider the needs of dying people in their local populations.
  • 27% do not have a strategy for addressing end of life care in their area.
  • 71% do not have a strategy for children & young people living with life-shortening conditions
Researched Links:

Patients Association:  Reaction to new End of Life report on needs of dying people

A death without sympathy or proper care

Patient Care, not just treatment

After decades of practice the NHS should be getting it right by now!