Good palliative care access must improve

Access to good palliative care in Scotland needs to improve and it must be more consistently provided for the thousands of people who need it each year, according to Audit Scotland.

Its report Review of palliative care services in Scotland looks at the provision of care for people with terminal illnesses provided by clinicians including GPs and district nurses.

It says most people are cared for by generalist staff but patients with any condition who need care from specialist services should be able to get this.

Currently, specialist care mainly focuses on people with cancer.

The number of specialist staff per 100,000 people ranges from 4.1 in NHS Ayrshire and Arran to 11.2 in NHS Highland.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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