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Some groups of people are "often excluded from wider health services" affecting their end-of-life care, a report found. Groups mentioned in the report as being disadvantaged are people who are black or from another ethnic minority, the homeless, travellers or the vulnerable, frail and dementia sufferers. The findings are from…
The average British family "cannot afford cancer", a leading charity has warned. Families earning average wages with average outgoings would end up around £200 in the red each month if an adult was diagnosed with the disease, Macmillan Cancer Support said. The charity has conducted analysis on median household income…
A lack of data about palliative care staff could lead staff shortages in the next few years, a new report from the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has said. The 'Staff prepared to care? Capacity and competence in the end of life care workforce' report found a lack of…
Medical staff have been urged to communicate better with the family of patients who are dying, after an audit found tens of thousands of patients are having do not resuscitate orders imposed without their loved ones' consent. Hospitals are failing to tell relations that they do not intend to attempt…
End-of-life care in England is heading for a "meltdown", a leading cancer charity has warned. Many dying patients are not getting proper pain relief, they are not being involved in key decisions about their care and many are unable to die at home, Macmillan Cancer Support said. The charity said…
A new research project aims to develop software that can predict when people are likely to die. Scientists plan to use data routinely collected by healthcare providers, including information on diseases, treatments and lifestyle habits. Knowing in advance when to expect the grim reaper could have financial and medical benefits,…
There have been improvements in the care of the dying in hospitals since a controversial end-of-life care regime was scrapped, experts have said. In the two years since the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) was abolished there have been marked improvements in the care of the dying, according to a new…
Close friends and family of patients who are dying in hospitals in England are not always being told about decisions about their loved one's care, a new audit has found. One in 20 family members are not informed their loved one is about to die, even when a medic has…
A new resource aims to ensure that people benefit from good social work at the end of their life, and that those close to them are supported during this time and into bereavement. The role of social workers in palliative, end of life and bereavement care has been jointly produced…
Almost 50,000 people a year in England experience poor care in the final months of their life, according to a new report. A coalition of seven charities said more needs to be done to enable people who want to die at home rather than in hospital to fulfil their final…
Substance use and palliative care researchers are joining forces with five charities to explore end-of-life care for people with drink or drug issues through a comprehensive new study. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, it will be the first study of its kind in the UK and will chronicle the…
Cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by almost 10% in the last decade, although the number of cases is still going up, new figures show. Analysis by Cancer Research UK found that 284 out of every 100,000 people in the UK died from cancer in 2013 (around 162,000…