Today Marie Curie and Nursing Standard publish a new survey highlighting that two thirds of nurses say they do not have enough time to provide high quality care for patients who are dying. It also showed that the majority of nurses are aware of many dying patients being delayed unnecessarily in hospital due to delays in funding and community provision.
Commenting in response, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, Clinical Director at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“The findings of this survey are deeply concerning and highlight how nurses face huge barriers to providing the high quality care that dying people need and deserve.
“Nurses are more stretched than ever before, and many are really distressed by not having the time or confidence to care. Hospitals may not always be the best or preferred place for dying people, so it is vital there is more support available in the community and that this is available faster.
“Hospice UK is leading a new project, funded by NHS England, to identify ways in which hospice-led services could better support dying people and help ensure they are cared for in the place of their choice – a hospice or at home – at the end of life.
“Many hospices are also working in local partnerships to improve the confidence and skills of nurses and doctors caring for the dying in hospitals, focusing on symptom control and better communication with patients -and their families – to discover what really matters to them at the end of life.”
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
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