Commenting on the resolution on palliative care adopted today by the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation, David Praill, Co-Chair of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, said:
"This is a ground-breaking development and a clear sign that palliative care has finally moved higher up the international health agenda.
"This resolution will provide the impetus for individual countries to integrate palliative care into their healthcare systems and tackle barriers preventing access to pain relief medicines. These will help address the marked global gaps in palliative care and should enable many more people to receive this vital type of care.
"Increasing access to palliative care is extremely important for many countries across the world with rapidly ageing populations including here in the UK.
"Today marks a milestone for palliative care. We look forward to seeing the positive impact of this in the future."