Today (31 March) the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) publishes its end of life care audit which shows steady progress in the care of dying people since the previous audit carried out in 2013 and published in 2014.
Commenting in response, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Clinical Director at Hospice UK, said:
“It is promising to see there have been some significant improvements in the care of dying people in hospitals in recent years.
“However, it is clear that pockets of very poor palliative care still persist and that some hospitals are offering worryingly little face-to-face palliative care. Dying doesn’t happen 9-5 and people should not be deprived of the vital care they need because of the lack of specialist support available out of hours and at weekends.
“Hospices provide consistently high quality end of life care and have a key role to play in supporting more hospitals to get care for dying people right. The NHS needs to engage more with hospices to build on recent improvements to hospital-based palliative care, especially on delivering training for staff and supporting hospital out-of-hours provision.”
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 visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or 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 at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews