The DoH’s 10-year End of Life Care Strategy, backed by £286 million in funding, will aim to break down the taboo surrounding death and promote dignity and respect.
Speaking at the launch of the strategy in central London this morning, health secretary Alan Johnson, said: ‘People coming to the end of their lives and their loved ones deserve high quality, compassionate and dignified care, on their own terms.
‘This strategy will help make that happen.
Rapid response nurse teams will have to be set up from scratch in some places but most will have some services already in place, said Mr Johnson.
Dr Teresa Tate, from the charity Marie Curie, added that many patients wanted to be cared for at home but left it too late to tell anyone, while some patients did not even know that they could ask for care at home.
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