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Review says NHS must ensure good palliative care

The NHS in England has failed to take responsibility for ensuring good end-of-life care, according to an independent review.

The analysis, by the head of Marie Curie Cancer Care, says this has led to a “postcode lottery” in funding and service quality.

Tom Hughes Hallett’s report calls for the NHS to provide key services such as round-the-clock community care.

The theme of the report is how to ensure a good death on the NHS. The paper highlights some organisations that are doing “excellent” work. But it says funding and services have developed ad hoc.

It cites a Department of Health survey in 2008 which revealed that palliative care expenditure across primary care trusts ranged from £154 to £1,684 per death.

The report says this variation has had damaging consequences.

Read more on BBC Health.

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