Charities back GMC end-of-life guidance

Charities Help The Aged and Age Concern England have backed GMC end-of-life guidance which calls on doctors to place a greater emphasis on the wishes of dying patients and their families.

Paul Cann, director of policy and external relations at Help The Aged, said: ‘Any moves that make it more likely older people will die with dignity are welcome. When people are dying, being part of decisions about their care can literally be their final wish.’

Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern, said: ‘Many older people have strong views about how they want to be cared for at the end of their lives, for example they may have wishes that reflect their religious beliefs. Age Concern fully supports any moves within the NHS to ensure these views are respected and carried out to improve care at this difficult time.’

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