It is important that more people are aware about the benefits of hospice care. This will become ever more urgent in the future as our ageing population increases, with more people living for longer, often with complex health conditions. In addition, more children and young people with life-shortening conditions are living for longer due to advances in medical care.
Choice has become the mantra and the mode of modern daily life. When it comes to personal preferences, whether it concerns
Walford and Holby aside, I have visited hospices across the UK and I am yet to see one that would be described anything like "dingy" or "grotty".
This week the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) published a new report Dying Without Dignity featuring a string of shocking cases of poor care experienced by dying people and their families.
More recently, the new inspection regime introduced by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the regulator for health and adult social care in England - is helping provide a better understanding of quality in hospice care.