The House of Commons Health Select Committee has issued a report which makes a range of suggestions for improving end-of-life care. Many people still die in hospital, rather than their preferred place of death. It is proposed that social care should be free to everyone at the end of life, to help reduce this anomaly. The same report calls for better recording of people’s preferences towards end-of-life. Variations in quality and practice should be reduced, to improve equality of access to suitable care, whether at home or in hospices.
Improve end-of-life care for all, says MPs. London: BBC Health News, March 15th 2015.
This relates to:
House of Commons Health Committee (2015). End of Life Care: Fifth Report of Session 2014–15. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 10 March 2015. Published on 15 March 2015 by authority of the House of Commons. London: The Stationery Office Ltd, March 15th 2015. HC 805.
Possibly also of interest, with some of the background to the free social care towards end-of-life recommendation:
Triggle, N. (2014). Dying need ‘free social care’, cancer campaigners say. London: BBC Health News, July 4th 2014.