What does dying well look like?

 

Access to excellent End of Life Care

We lead the world in palliative ‘end of life’ care. The UK has been ranked in first place in two recent international surveys. The modern hospice movement was founded here and palliative care has been recognised as a specialist branch of medicine here for over 30 years.

Good palliative care attends to the needs of the patient as a whole, whether those needs are physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual or social. Through effective pain management, and good communication with the patient, symptoms can be well controlled.  

However, much palliative care is provided by voluntary sector hospices that rely on donations to fund their essential services. Improved resourcing of hospice and palliative care would ensure its wider availability across the country. 

Rather than a ‘right’ to professional assistance in committing suicide, people need a right to excellent palliative care. 

See posts below for further reading on palliative care.

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