A new report suggests there is a shortage of specialist end-of-life care in England. Many patients do not receive the help they need as a result.
“People dying with the most complex conditions, such as cancer, dementia and heart and liver failure often need support from a range of professionals”.
The report estimates that 160,000 to 170,000 people a year actually receive specialist end-of-life care, whereas more than 350,000 people probably require some form of end-of-life care, and would be likely to benefit from specialist care.
Triggle, N. (2013). End-of-life care: ‘Shortfall in NHS services’. London: BBC Health News, January 8th 2013.