NCPC supports GMC call for better training

Date: 
16 May 2016
The NCPC supports the GMC's calls for better training for doctors in palliative and end of life care.

The NCPC supports the GMC's calls for better training for doctors in palliative and end of life care. The number of people dying in Britain each year is increasing as the population ages, and many people receiving a terminal diagnosis is going to hear that unwanted news first from a doctor. It is essential that right from the start of their careers, and whatever their specialism, doctors are comfortable discussing death with patients, and able to quickly and helpfully offer the support and options people need to receive.

 

Recent data from the Royal College of Physicians highlighted that  training in end of life care is mandatory for doctors in only 22% of trusts. Our own recent Workforce Report recommended that all staff – not only palliative care specialists – receive regular training to enable them to provide high quality care to people at the end of their lives.

 

Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs for the NCPC, comments: "It is absolutely shocking that trainee doctors should be providing care for dying people without having had any training in end of life care. That would not be conceivable in any other aspect of care. Organisations that are letting this happen are not just failing dying people and their families, but are putting their staff into an impossible position as well. It is essential that end of life care is seen as a core priority by every organisation within the NHS, and that effective training is put in place so that the whole health & care workforce is properly prepared to care for dying people."

 

 

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