End of Life Care

What Do You Know About Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

The reality is that hospice care is delivered in a surprising range of settings, including in people's homes. In fact 90% of hospice care is delivered away from a hospice building. Hospice teams are also involved in educating staff working in other settings such as care homes and hospitals.

Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The NHS

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

These are tough economic times for statutory funding of healthcare. It would be unrealistic to expect NHS funding for hospice care, which has on average made up a third of funding (32 per cent) for adult hospices and 17 per cent for children's services, to be exempt from this.

Urgent Steps Needed to Improve End of Life Care for People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Everyone deserves care that works for them and their families at the end of their lives. However, we know that end of life care is not meeting the needs of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, and we are in danger of failing to reach increasing numbers unless urgent steps are taken.

Helping Those Who Are Terminally Ill Receive the Care They Need at Home

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

The second reading of the Care Bill this week provides an opportunity for MPs to look at how including a statutory duty for local authorities to fast track funding for social care can be included in the Bill.

New End of Life Care Report Shows No Room for Complacency

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

Marie Curie works on its own and in partnership with a wide range of NHS, public and voluntary sector organisations to tackle many of the challenges highlighted in today's report. We want everyone, wherever they live to be able to have a 'good death', provided with the care they want and need, with support available for them and their families.

Breaking "Good": My First Psychedelic Drug Conference

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Coco Jun

If the popular rise of drugs in mainstream culture is any indication of the times - just think how many viewers caught the finale of Breaking Bad - perhaps we need to especially reconsider the use of psychedelic drugs.

Can Giving Patients Choice Be Cost-Effective for the NHS?

Imelda Redmond | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Imelda Redmond

Better identification of people who are in the last days and weeks of life, increased provision of community-based services and greater integration of hospital and community-based services are essential to help reduce the pressures on the NHS and increase choices and services for people at the end of life.

Controversial End-Of-Life Care 'Should Be Scrapped'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK

An independent review of a controversial end-of-life regime is likely to recommend that it is phased out, it has emerged. The review of the the Liv...

A Means to an End - An Analysis on the Assisted Dying Debate

Maggie Shinder | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Maggie Shinder

Assisted death is a complicated issue and for many people it is frightening to imagine the state a person must be in if they no longer want to live. But this does not mean the matter should be ignored or hidden from public debate.

90% Of Doctors Would Opt For Starvation Death If Terminally Ill

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK

Nine in 10 doctors claim they would be happy to effectively starve to death under a controversial end-of-life regime, if they were terminally ill. ...

The Hippocratic Paradox: When Is Resuscitating a Patient Doing Them Harm?

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Dzeng

I feel that the UK is at a crossroads in much the same way that the US was several decades ago. High profile court cases surrounding patient rights at the end of life catalyzed a set of changes, which led to America's current system of aggressive treatments at all costs regardless of futility or clinical common sense.

Is Choice a Reality for People at the End of Life?

Imelda Redmond | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Imelda Redmond

A number of surveys of the general population have shown that, if we had the choice, most of us would prefer to die at home if we were terminally ill.

Changes To End-Of-Life Care After Outcry Over Liverpool Care Pathway

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

Changes to end-of-life care and single-sex wards are to be included in the NHS constitution under proposals unveiled on Monday. The reforms are des...

Why Thinking About Death May Prompt You to Save the Planet

Jon Underwood | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Underwood

We invite strangers to meet in a friendly place and discuss death over tea and cake. We're not trying to lead people anywhere - we think the good stuff is where people are at already. We just create a safe space and, for a couple of hours, death ceases to be a taboo.

The Final Reckoning: Why We Need a Debate on End of Life Costs

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 12.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

The big innovation in the 19th and 20th century was the acknowledgement that health is a systemic issue. If people do not seek medical advice for small problems due to economic reasons, these small problems can become big problems and cause further poverty. This realisation led, for example, to the establishment of the NHS in 1948.

Assisted Death or Assisted Living

Jill Shaw Ruddock | Posted 01.09.2012 | UK Politics
Jill Shaw Ruddock

Our beloved 14 year old cocker spaniel Sammy who has lived for the past six months with senile dementia, blindness, a lack of bowel control and use of his legs, was put to sleep yesterday. With our dog we were allowed to choose when to end his life so that he could die with dignity and achieve a 'good death'. We were not allowed that option with my father.

Respecting Choice at the End of Life

James Harris | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK
James Harris

We are living, and many people are dying, in the midst of a stand-off in end-of-life decision-making. A clear majority of the public supports change to allow terminally ill, mentally competent adults the choice of a doctor assisted death in the last days and weeks of life.