Govt: 'Seriously concerned' about variations in care

The Government is "seriously concerned" about the postcode lottery emerging in the standard of care given to patients in their last days of life.

Care and support minister Norman Lamb said:

All patients should be receiving high quality and compassionate care in their last days of life - there can be no excuse for anything less.

This report shows evidence of very good care but I am seriously concerned about the variations in care, and improvements are needed in the way some clinicians communicate with patients and support families.

I am determined this should improve.

To help address these issues, we are working on plans to support all services in giving everyone in the last days and hours of life, and their families, the good quality, compassionate care they deserve.

– Norman Lamb

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