All 4 Health Services let down the dying. International comparisons are not favourable..

The Economist has three articles in the current edition dated April 29th 2017. The theme is on how to ensure a better death, and that although death is inevitable, a bad death is not. A better death means a better life, right until the end. The irony of the UK system, whereby more care options are available in more affluent areas, is exposed. In a cradle to grave health service which is meant to be free and without reference to means this is patently unfair. In “Mending Mortality” the author says that “doctors are slowly realising that there is a better way to care for the dying”, and in “Death Wishes” a consumer survey shows that “living as long as possible is not people’s main concern”. If the service is as described by politicians, Palliative and Terminal Care should be fully funded throughout the country. 

Better Death

Mending Mortailty – Economist

Last wishes – What people most want in their final months

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NHSreality has posts on death and dying, and on Palliative and Terminal Care

A Dignified Death

Advanced directives needed. Choice in death and dying. Lord Darzi warns of “draconian rationing”. GPs need to be involved at the interface of oncology and palliative care.

Right-to-die granny, 86, starves herself to death

Wales suffering: Surgeons wait for answers on deaths before heart surgery

GP workforce crisis set to undermine palliative care, BMA warns

GPs should be encouraged to take on palliative and terminal care out of hours..

Palliative and Terminal Care should be fully funded.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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