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