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NHS Wales to improve end of life care

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The Welsh government has published a plan aimed at improving end of life care up to 2016.

Together for Health - Delivering End of Life Care builds on the achievements of the Palliative Care Implementation Board and includes details of the changes NHS Wales will make with regards to care for terminally-ill patients and their families

Under the plan, people in the last stage of a terminal illness will be provided with round-the-clock support, and those who wish to be cared for and to die at home should be given the chance to do so.

It also states that end of life care should always include access to support and symptom control, regardless of where a person chooses to die.

Health minister for Wales Lesley Griffiths said: “I want patients to have access to information to help them make decisions about their care and treatment so they have an element of control at the end of their life.

“The NHS must be committed to taking the lead, working with its partners in Wales to deliver this at every single stage of the patient’s journey. All NHS organisations in Wales will be required to publish an annual report on end of life services to enable the public to track progress.”

 

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