Health Minister Mark Drakeford has launched the 'Together for Health, Delivering End of Life Care' delivery plan. It sets out how terminally-ill people in Wales will be supported and cared for at the end of their life.
Baroness Ilora Finlay, who will also speak at today's launch, says the way people are cared for at the end of life lives on in the memories of the bereaved.
Children who are losing a parent or grandparent will be deeply affected by all they see, experience and feel. Health care professionals need to listen to the patient and those who know the patient best, balancing at times different priorities.
In this plan we aim to ensure that people's wishes are known, that those delivering care know what to do and where to call for help and that attention to detail happens at every level.
– Baroness Ilora Finlay, Professor of Palliative Medicine
The Health Minister will launch the plan at Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, and talk to staff at the hospital's specialist palliative care unit.
How well we care for our dying reflects how we care as a society. Maintaining the dignity of an individual in their last days of life is vital. It can be done, by having open and honest conversations about the end of life and providing support to people and their families to plan for the end of life.
Inequalities at the end of life are as unacceptable as inequalities in life. Good quality end of life care must be available wherever and whenever an individual dies, taking into account their wishes.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford will launch a new plan today setting out how terminally ill people in Wales will be supported and cared for at the end of their lives.
'Together for Health, Delivering End of Life Care' aims to ensure families and professionals work together to plan for the end of life, while making sure patients are well-supported whether they choose to die at home or in hospital.
The plan sets out the Welsh Government's expectations of NHS Wales and its partners to make end of life care consistently good across the country.