Hospice UK responds to new BMA report on end of life care

Jan 15, 2016

Today the British Medical Association (BMA) has called for UK Governments to prioritise end of life care, following the publication of research findings from its consultation with doctors and members of the public from across all four home nations.

Commenting on the BMA report, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Clinical Director at Hospice UK, said:

“The British Medical Association has highlighted vital issues in the current provision and public understanding of end of life care. Frankly, too many people do not get the care they deserve at a precious time in their lives and this is simply unacceptable. The evidence from the BMA consultation again shines a welcome light on the need for all those who care for people coming to the end of their lives to be more confident and work together to improve care, co-ordination and conversations.

“Improved person-centred communication, understanding the relationship between patient, family and doctor, and the crucial need for more training of doctors in palliative care are key recommendations of this report. Hospices are extremely well placed to support and train clinicians in other settings by offering placements, mentoring and formal education to share the high standards of person-centred care that hospices are known for. Once again we have been presented with a challenge to do better for the people in the UK who die with unmet palliative care needs and missed opportunities for important conversations. We know what needs to be done – we need the political will to make change happen and for people to talk more openly about their priorities and goals once a serious illness is diagnosed. The hospice movement is more than ready to play its part.”

Read more on the BMA website.

Notes to editor

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
  • Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
  • For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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