World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 21 January 2015

Categories: In The Media.

BMA calls for greater prioritisation of end of life care

UK – The Good Health Suite

 New research in the UK has found that the current provision of end of life care does not consistently match either the public or doctors’ expectations.

Unequal Lives, Unequal Deaths

US – New York Times

Death may be humanity’s great equalizer, but the inequalities suffered in life – leading to a shorter life expectancy – become inequalities in the experience of dying as well.

5 things you should know about Medicare’s new end-of-life discussions

US – PBS Newshour

End-of-life discussions with your physician or other licensed caregiver are now being paid for by Medicare. Talking about your wishes and the kind of health care you want to receive at the end of your life is probably not at the top of your bucket list, but such discussions could be very important.

Sisters help launch cancer study aiming to end chemotherapy


The first patients have had their DNA analysed in a massive study that aims to help replace chemotherapy.

Federal panel calls for improved palliative care

Canada – The Catholic Register

Parliament should improve access to palliative care across Canada and ensure proper safeguards are implemented concerning assisted suicide, recommends a government panel in a report issued 18 January.

More hospital beds to be added even as primary care sector is strengthened: MOH

Singapore – Channel News Asia

By 2020, more than 10,000 beds will be added in acute hospitals, community hospitals and nursing homes, and another 7,000 places in community care, home care and palliative care, says Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.

Villa Indigo provides respite care for seriously sick children in Brussels

ehospice International Children’s edition

A unique home offering respite care to children with palliative care needs in Brussels recently held a very successful fundraising fete to help fund a wellness area, with a swimming pool, for its special visitors.

Building work to begin on hospice in Waterford

ehospice Ireland

The planned Regional Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Waterford has been confirmed by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin and construction is due to begin this year.

Listening to the seldom heard at the end of life

ehospice UK

Last week, The Hospice of St Francis, in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing, held a conference which focused on raising awareness of the issues affecting the ‘seldom heard’ – people with learning disabilities, dementia or from minority groups.

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