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BMA briefing: End-of-life care

The BMA has briefed MPs ahead of a debate in the House of Commons on end-of-life care. The BMA has recently completed a significant piece of research into experiences and perceptions of end-of-life care.

Our research has brought together existing evidence on end-of-life care, as well as presenting findings from a series of commissioned public dialogue research events with members of the public and doctors.

We are calling on the government to make end-of-life care a priority and develop a clear funded plan of action for improvements.

 

Key points

  • The BMA has recently completed a significant piece of qualitative research, with members of the public and doctors, into experiences and perceptions of end-of-life care.
  • Whilst there are pockets of excellence in end-of-life care across the UK, there is considerable variation in the nature and quality of services provided between and within geographical areas, and between different medical conditions.
  • The BMA believes better education and training for doctors in end-of-life issues should be available. This will be crucial in developing a confident and skilled workforce who can provide high-quality care to all patients at the end of life.
  • More work is needed to encourage the public to discuss death and dying with loved ones, and to consider their wishes for care at the end of life.

 

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