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Better end of life care

10th August 2006

17032006_old_hands.jpgHealth minister Rosie Winterton has announced a new long-term strategy for improving end of life care for seriously ill adult patients.

This follows a successful programme to train 10,000 district and community nurses in palliative care, which a recently published King's College report concluded had greatly improved the palliative care district and community nurses offered their patients.

Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director and Professor Ian Philp, the National Director for Older People will prepare the comprehensive strategy looking at; choice at the end of life; funding for hospices and specialist palliative care issues; the need to improve the quality of end of life care in hospitals and care homes, and the need for improved coordination of services across organisational boundaries.

Rosie Winterton said that the strategy will 'set out key milestones and work plans to provide the NHS with the first comprehensive strategy for end of life care'.

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