Health Committee announce inquiry into end of life care U.K.

Health Parliamentary Select Committee 5 November 2014

In June 2014 the Department of Health announced a new approach for those caring for dying people in England during the last days of their life. The approach focuses on achieving five Priorities of Care that should be applied whenever and wherever someone is dying, whether in hospital, a hospice, their own home.

The Health Committee has decided to take a broader look at the issue of palliative and end-of-life care. The committee will examine the way that health and social care services, and the voluntary and community sector, support people who are likely to die within 12 months, what opportunities exist for better integration and for improving care quality, and the experience of those caring for people at the end of life.

It will review the definitions of, and distinctions between, “palliative” and “end-of-life” care to examine how to provide more effective targeting of resources and management of interventions necessary to bring about service change. The inquiry will examine palliative and end of life care for adults, including the frail elderly, and children and young people.

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