A new survey from Marie Curie and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has found that many GPs do not feel they have sufficient time to meet the needs of terminally people that they see.
Marie Curie and the RCGP are calling for a UK-wide Commission to recommend how primary care can meet the growing challenges in end of life care.
Commenting on the survey, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Clinical Director at Hospice UK, said:
“GPs are currently facing huge pressures which inevitably place constraints on the time they can spend with terminally ill patients. However, it is really encouraging to see that the majority of GPs have identified this as a top priority. GPs are absolutely pivotal to good end of life care at home and creating good memories for families, but this care needs time, confidence, courage and skill.
“We back Marie Curie’s call for a UK-wide commission to look at how primary care can meet the challenges around providing high quality end of life care.
“More innovative thinking with local hospice and palliative care teams could lead to new solutions to support GPs having a greater role in end of life care – a commission to explore this would be a very good start.”
Find out more on Marie Curie's website.
Notes to editor
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