"Palliative care services in Wales are making an enormous difference to people’s quality of life" - Mark Drakeford
Families and patients rated palliative care services in Wales overwhelmingly positive, a new report published yesterday shows.
The average feedback score for specialist palliative care services, according to the results of the iWantGreatCare survey was 9.56 out of 10. These results are contained in the end-of-life care annual report – the first report of its kind to give a comprehensive overview of palliative care services in Wales.
Some 32,000 people die in Wales every year, largely following a chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory disease, neurological disease or dementia. Three-quarters of people have some form of palliative care at the end of their life.
The Welsh Government’s aim for end-of-life and palliative care services is that people in Wales should have a healthy, realistic approach to dying, planning appropriately for the event. People who are dying in Wales should have access to high-quality care wherever they live and die, whatever their underlying disease or disability.
Palliative and end-of-life care has improved significantly since 2008, when the Welsh Government invested in specialist palliative care services, with more than £6.4m of funding to hospitals and hospices in Wales during 2012-13.
The end-of-life care annual report shows:
- 80% of urgent specialist palliative care referrals were assessed within the agreed timescale;
- 94% of the responses to the iWantGreatCare evaluation of experiences of specialist palliative care were positive. The average Welsh score was 9.56 out of 10.
Speaking at Ty Gobaith hospice, in Conwy, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said:
“Feedback from patients and their families about specialist palliative care in Wales has shown these services make an enormous difference to people’s quality of life.
“People should have access to high-quality care wherever they live or choose to die; whatever their underlying disease or disability. The contribution hospices in Wales make is an essential component towards achievingexcellence in care.
“This annual report highlights the progress being made across Wales and identifies areas for future improvement. It also shows how health boards are working to improve end-of-life care.”
Simon Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Wales at Marie Curie added:
"Marie Curie welcomes this important assessment of palliative and end of life care services.
“The Welsh Government’s Delivery Plan recognised the need for continual improvement and this report will help in achieving this.
“It is crucial that progress in this area continues so everyone with end of life care needs is able to access and benefit from these services, regardless of where they live or their underlying condition."
Latest News from
£24 million funding boost to accelerate new house building in Wales17/02/2020 11:05:00
A further £24 million is being injected immediately into building more new affordable homes in Wales, Housing Minister, Julie James has announced today.
More support for hard-to-reach EU citizens living in Wales14/02/2020 11:10:00
As the latest figures on applications to the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) are published, Counsel General Jeremy Miles announced more new funding for councils in Wales to boost numbers of applications from their area.
First Minister announces St David Awards finalists14/02/2020 10:20:00
A surfer, a police officer and former martial arts fighter have been named among the 2020 St David Awards finalists by First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Blaenau Gwent teenager hoping Wales-first engineering course will be key to dream job14/02/2020 09:20:00
A Blaenau Gwent teenager enrolled on Wales’ first Advanced Composite Apprenticeship course has said she hopes it will help her land her dream job in the sector.
Wales looks forward to future relationship with its strongest trading partner as German Ambassador to UK visits key sites13/02/2020 16:05:00
Wales will do everything it can to continue its strong relationship with Germany – with trade links worth more than £3 billion – as the next phase of negotiations with the EU continue.
Additional £500,000 to support Town and Community Councils in Wales13/02/2020 11:05:00
The Community and Town Council sector in Wales is set to receive up to £500,000 in additional Welsh Government funding to help strengthen their financial management and governance, Local Government Minister Julie James yesterday announced.
Paris Air Show success for Welsh business13/02/2020 09:05:00
The Paris Air Show 2019 was a resounding success with one company, Tritech Group, securing more than £5 million worth of new deals during the Welsh Government trade mission, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates has announced.
Mental health support and staff pay rise among £23m increase in further education spending in Wales12/02/2020 14:05:00
The Welsh Government has revealed details of the additional £23m it will be providing to Further Education colleges, including sixth forms and Adult Community Learning, for the next financial year.