Sick and elderly patients are not being told they are dying in more than half of cases, in ‘deeply disturbing’ findings
Fewer than half of patients known by medical staff to be in their final days were told they were dying, a highly critical report has found.
Care of dying patients ‘is not an important issue’ for hospitals and treatment has failed to improve in many areas despite sustained pressure from campaigners, it was warned.
Welsh MP Ann Clwyd highlighted the problem when she said her husband, Owen Roberts, 77, died ‘like a battery chicken’ from an ‘almost callous lack of care’. An independent review later dismissed many of her claims……
Only a fifth of hospitals have specialist palliative care workers on duty on Saturdays and Sundays
- Government ignored on demands for seven-day specialist care
- NHS staff told fewer than half of patients that the end was near
- A fifth of hospitals failing to give special training to staff caring for dying
….Doctors and nurses are frightened to tell patients they are dying and a quarter of bereaved relatives feel shut out of their loved ones’ care, according to an authoritative report (Royal College of Physicians) which concluded that the NHS does not take end-of-life care seriously enough. …