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GP workforce crisis set to undermine palliative care, BMA warns

Providing palliative care in the community will become ‘even more challenging’ if GP workforce shortages and workload pressures are not addressed, the BMA has warned.

BMA leaders have urged all UK governments to prioritise end-of-life care after research by the union found current provision – although ‘excellent’ in some areas – ‘does not match expectations’ of either doctors or the public.

See article:
http://www.gponline.com/gp-workforce-crisis-set-undermine-palliative-care-bma-warns/palliative-end-of-life-care/article/1379431

Hospice boss Rhona Baillie says ‘end-of-life care must be individual’

The head of Scotland’s Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Rhona Baillie said she agreed with the British Medical Association (BMA) that people should be treated as individuals in end-of-life care.

She said: “We understand that open communication is the only way to offer respect for patient choice, creating a gold-star level of care that is personalised to meet the needs of every patient.

See article:
http://www.thenational.scot/news/hospice-boss-rhona-baillie-says-end-of-life-care-must-be-individual.12331