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.
- 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.
Find out more
For further information, please contact David Knowles, Senior Public Affairs Advisor:
Learn more about BMA parliamentary activity, current legislation and access our library of topical briefings
Read more about the BMA