• How to broach the beginning of the end

    As the world reeled from singer David Bowie’s death on a grey, cold January day last year, Mark Taubert, a Welsh palliative care consultant, carried on his day job.
  • Tell us about your experiences of caring for dying patients

    • 11 Nov 2016
    In the winning entry to this year’s BMA writing competition, the author writes movingly of her experiences caring for her father as he was dying. As part of a recent BMA project , we heard from hundreds of doctors on their views on end-of-life care – many of whom drew on their own personal experiences, as well as professional, in contributing. A key recommendation from the project was the need for more and...
  • Netflix documentary confronts uncomfortable conversations on death

    “This is the reality,” Dr Zitter tells her assembled staff. “We’re all going to die, everyone in this room is going to die one day, and it’s good to have a bit of a say in how.” Dr Zitter is a palliative care specialist who heads up a team in an intensive care unit in California, the focus of a short documentary by filmmaker Dan Krauss. In its 24 minutes, the film offers a glimpse...
  • Have your say on the third volume of our end-of-life-care project report

    • 14 Mar 2016
    The third volume of the BMA’s report on end-of-life care and physician-assisted dying marks the culmination of this project, bringing together our response to the research and the discussions with groups of members and experts, and making recom...
  • We want your comments on a major BMA project on end-of-life-care

    • 8 Jan 2016
    All lives end. Whilst cultural norms vary, in the UK discussions about death and dying tend to be thought uncomfortable – perhaps leaving fears and uncertainties unaddressed, and knowledge lacking. The UK has led the world in developing pathway...