India – The Hindu
The role of nurses in palliative care sector should be discussed and clearly defined if it has to be improved further, speakers at the inaugural State conference of the Association of Community Nurses in Palliative Care have said.
US – The Washington Post
More than a million times a year, a terminally ill patient in the United States is enrolled in hospice care. Each time, the family confronts a decision that, while critical, often must be made almost blindly: Which hospice to hire?
China – South China Morning Post
China’s care facilities can accommodate only around 1.6% of its old people. It’s unrealistic to expect a sudden or massive investment by the government on the provisions. China, after all, is still a developing country.
Australia – HealthCanal
Doctors’ assessments of whether it is in a patient’s ‘best interests’ to withdraw life-sustaining treatment are likely to prevail over family wishes when end of life matters go before the Supreme Court, a review published in the Medical Journal of Australia has found.
Canada – The Vancouver Sun
Given Canada’s cultural diversity and fragmentation, how can hospice staff and others who care for the terminally ill help make possible a “good death” for anyone, whether they’re Christian, Buddhist, spiritual-but-not-religious or atheist?
Australia – ABC news
Martin Burgess, an advocate for voluntary euthanasia, who used online video to appeal for a lethal drug has died in Darwin, triggering a police investigation.
Germany – Swissinfo.ch
With a proposed assisted suicide law before the German parliament, the emotionally charged right-to-die debate is moving toward a grand finale.
UK – The Guardian
In July, sick with cancer, Jo Beecham talked about stashing life-ending drugs in her fridge, in case she wanted to hasten her end. But as the disease wore on, and she received better palliative care, she had second thoughts.
World Health Organization
WHO convened a high-level emergency meeting last week to look at the many complex policy issues that surround access to Ebola vaccines.
A leading malaria control expert has said efforts to contain the disease may be jeopardised by the Ebola crisis.
“Much is written about the difficulties faced by health professionals broaching an advance care planning discussion, but comparatively less attention has been directed to the challenge of ensuring that these discussions translate into clinically meaningful differences in the patient’s care.”
ehospice International children’s edition
Jenna Lowe, is a 19 year old South African teenager who has extended an invitation to all South Africans to attend her 21st birthday party. The only catch? You need to sign up to be an organ donor.
Professor Rod McLeod believes that were there adequate provision of palliative care, instances of euthanasia – including physician assisted suicide – would be minimised.
ehospice South Africa
HIV and tuberculosis remain leading causes of death in South Africa. Now, Anova Health Institute’s Dr Khanyi Tshabalala responds to the top five reasons tuberculosis and HIV patients give for skipping their daily doses.