End-of-life care is a postcode lottery, say experts

Commissioners get away with rationing care to the dying because the patients are not with us for long enough to vote. Cradle to grave NHS!!!

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In The Express 9th June avid Williamson reports: End of life care is a postcode lottery. 

END-of-life patients face a postcode lottery when it comes to palliative care, experts will say this week. They will call for a change in the law so more than 100,000 adults and children every year do not miss out on vital pain relief and support..

…Baroness Finlay argues it would be “totally unacceptable not to provide maternity services” but the country has “people dying with complex needs with no specialist service available in their area”….

And Care UK on 10th June reports the same: 

BMJ 1st March 2017: Concerns over inconsistent palliative care provision | BMJ

The Cecily Saunders web site : Palliative care postcode lottery and wide variations in budget per patient

Cancer Nursing Practice suggests: Palliative care services vary widely across England and the government should introduce national guidelines to ensure services are commissioned more appropriately, researchers have warn

NHSreality notes the omission of the 3 other dispensations. So much for comparatives, and so much for a “National” standard in care of the dying.

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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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