End-of-life care should be a priority for the new Conservative government

Nearly two-thirds of people in Britain would like to see end-of-life care being made a priority by the new Tory Government, according to a new study. The ComRes research commissioned by the Dying Matters Coalition, also found that three-quarters of people (75%) agree that providing end-of-life care should be a fundamental part of the work of the National Health Service. A huge part of the problem is that discussing dying and making end of life plans remains a taboo for millions of people in the U.K. The Dying Matters Coalition found that although a third of British adults (32%) think about dying and death at least once a week, 72% of the public believe that people in Britain are uncomfortable discussing dying, death and bereavement. Only 35% of the public say they have written a will, 32% that they have registered as an organ donor or have a donor card, 31% that they have taken out life insurance and 27% that they have talked to someone about their funeral wishes.

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