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Many cancer patients ‘spending final hours in pain’


Elaborating on my earlier comment. I am NOT suggesting that patients 'should never die in pain'. I'm saying - and I'll stick to patients who are dying and also mentally capable, because it takes too long to work this one through if patients are not mentally capable [at the time of the pain-relief request] - that if a dying patient asks for more pain relief, having had any associated risks explained, then it should be quickly provided. I see that as the patient's decision (especially, the decision about whether the risks associated with greater pain relief are acceptable). I am 100% NOT saying that 'clinicians can decide to administer pain relief and/or sedation to patients, WITHOUT GETTING PATIENT CONSENT'.

Posted date

13 February, 2016

Posted time

2:06 pm