UK – GP Online
GPs ‘have a vital role to play’ in improving palliative care, but they must receive more training to ensure patients with terminal conditions receive the care and support they need, charity Marie Curie has warned.
Australia – The Age
Women dying of terminal illness are being emotionally abused and neglected by their loved ones, according to palliative care workers who can not always tell whether a patient’s bruises have been caused by illness or rough treatment.
Canada – CTV News
The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the next federal government to take immediate action to address the thorny issue of end-of-life care.
Australia – The Conversation
We all die eventually, of course, but these days it’s very hard for doctors and loved ones to let patients and relatives die without first doing “whatever it takes” to try to keep them alive. That is, unless they’ve left clear instructions to the contrary.
Cayman Islands – Cayman 27
Marathon man Derek Haines may have crossed the finish line on his fundraising efforts, but he says there’s still plenty of work to be done for Cayman Hospice Care.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has found that a lack of staff, training and resources has led to many terminally ill children being unable to die at home, even if that is their choice.
Hospice care is basically about compassionate care. Caring for patients with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses in such a way that these patients feel like some extra days have been added in their lives despite the reality being that they may not even be guaranteed tomorrow.
Four US organizations have partnered with international hospice and palliative care organizations through Global Partners in Care to improve access to palliative care globally.
In a new film released by Barnsley Hospice for MND Awareness Month, Ian Pratt, who has MND, talks about how the hospice cares for and supports him and his family.