Dying without Dignity – Report into End of Life Care

July 13, 2015   //   No Comments

Every year, approximately half a million people die in England.

For three quarters of people, death is not sudden but is expected, and many of them may benefit from end of life or palliative care. There is potential to improve the experience of care in the last year and months of life for approximately 355,000 people, according to a report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman published in May.

The report features 12 cases that illustrate the issues seen regularly by the Ombudsman.  The examples represent a diverse collection of powerful stories, drawn from a range of different health care settings. They are from all parts of the country and represent different areas of concern.  The issues identified by this report matched those found in other reports and inquiries, such as that discussions with patients about their wishes for end of life care are poorly recorded and that few hospitals provide ‘face-to-face’ palliative care services seven days a week.

The report may be downloaded here.