A good death? It’s a low priority

A large proportion of budget-holders and care planners don’t seem to have all that much interest in dying people, a recent Hospice UK report shows. 

No wonder it’s such hard work dying.

  • More than a third of Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) do not consider the needs of dying people in their ‘health care needs assessments’
  • Well over half of HWBs do not include the needs of dying adults or children in their ‘key strategies’. These inform (its obviously a loose term!) local service planning
  • More than a quarter of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) don’t have any strategy for addressing end of life care for adults
  • More then seven in 10 of CCGs don’t have a strategy for supporting children and young people living with life-shortening conditions.

Hospice UK estimate that almost one in six dying people (and their families, of course) don’t get the support they need.

That’s  92,000 adults in England every year  – along with, of course, their families.

Of course, I support the drive to talk and plan and share.

But advance care planning is not much good if there are no services there to choose from

Read the full report here: https://www.hospiceuk.org/docs/default…/hospiceuk_a_low_priority_report.pdf

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