The quality of end-of-life care for the terminally ill "is often hit and miss" and "a wake up call" a charity has said:
These widespread and unacceptable inequalities show how accessing good quality end-of-life care is often hit or miss. But this is a lottery we can't allow to continue.
A person's condition, location or ethnicity should not prevent them from having a say in the care they receive at the end of life.
– Claudia Wood, deputy director of Demos and co-author of the report
Death and the memories it leaves behind, particularly of a loved one's last days, affects us all, which is why the inequalities revealed in this report represent a 'wake up' call that cannot be ignored
The quality of end-of-life care for the terminally ill "is hit and miss" and depends on "arbitrary" factors such as disease, age and geographical location, according to a new report.
More support and training should be provided to GPs and other health professionals to help them talk about death and dying with patients and their families, research have said.
The report carried out by Demos on behalf of the Sue Ryder charity, said people dying from cancer receive earlier and better diagnosis, better follow-up support and dedicated help to ensure their wishes are carried out.
It said a series of other factors also affected the care received by patients at the end of their lives including their ethnicity and differences in availability of equipment.