July 18, 2008
Better End-of-Life Care Promised
PEOPLE nearing the end of their lives will be offered better care and given more choice over where they spend their final days, Ministers pledged yesterday.
Funding totalling Pounds 286m will enable more people to die at home instead of in hospital where 60 per cent of people in Yorkshire currently die. Doctors say a major culture shift is needed so people can discuss how they would like to spend their final months and enable care plans to be put in place to make their lives as comfortable as possible.
Sheffield-based cancer specialist David Levy, who this year co- chaired a review of end-of-life care in Yorkshire, said it was vital people were offered a real choice, which needed to be discussed not in their final weeks but if possible six months before. "The biggest difficulty is that we need a culture shift in society. People are uncomfortable talking about death but as doctors and nurses I think we should be telling people the truth."
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