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Wales the 'only UK country' to provide 24/7 end-of-life care

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A new Welsh Government report says Wales is the only country in the UK to provide round-the-clock support and advice for people approaching the end of their lives.

The Welsh Government says its second annual report about palliative care in Wales also highlights 'excellent feedback from patients and their loved ones' about how services are making a difference to people's lives in their final days.

The percentage of people dying in hospital in 2014-2015; a decrease of 6.4% on 2008.
The increase in the number of people registered on a primary care palliative register since 2014.
9.5/ 10
The iWantGreatCare evaluation of people's experience of services.
Proportion of palliative care urgent referrals which were assessed within the agreed timescale.

In 2012, the Welsh Government published plans to improve end-of-life care in Wales.

Last year, additional spending of £6.4 million was announced to help support hospices and provide end-of-life care across the country.

In partnership with the NHS, we are realising our ambition that people should have access to high-quality, compassionate care wherever they live and die, whatever their underlying disease or disability.

– Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething