Proposals to include end of life care in the NHS Constitution

6 November 2012
The Department of Health is consulting on proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution, which would see specific rights around end of life care included.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition said:

“We completely support proposals to include end of life care in the NHS constitution and to give patients and their families the right to be fully involved in discussions and decisions about their care. How we care for people who are dying should be a litmus test for society and must be a priority for all. We only have one chance to get care and support right for the dying, which is why it is so important to listen to people’s wishes about the type of care they want, and where they want it which for most people is in their home rather than in hospital.

It’s only by talking more openly about dying and encouraging people to make their end of life wishes known to their loved ones and to doctors and to health and care professionals that all of us will get the chance to live well and to die well.

At the Dying Matters Coalition we have produced a wealth of useful resources to help members of the public and health and care professionals have the confidence to talk more openly about dying. We’re also embarking on new and exciting work including ‘My Funeral Wishes’ as well as bereavement support. Together with our 28,000 members across England we remain committed to changing the nation’s approach to dying and to making it easier for everyone to talk about their end of life wishes and make plans.

You can find out more about the Department of Health consultation and respond online here.

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