Former health minister supports better end-of-life care

Pressure group Dignity in Dying has launched a report calling for significant changes to be made to end-of-life care.

Lord Norman Warner
Lord Norman Warner

A poll by the group found that 79 per cent of people would not want their lives prolonged against their wishes. More respondents (86 per cent) felt having choice in their care when dying was important than having choice during childbirth.

The survey, of over 1,000 adults, has exposed the difference between expectation of palliative care and the choices patients actually have, said the group.

The report, supported by former minister for health reform Lord Norman Warner, is released ahead of the government's End of Life Care Strategy.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

Dignity in Dying website

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