World Media Roundup – 6 October 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Approximately one-fifth of advanced cancer patients do not receive palliative care

Oncology Central

New research presented at the 2014 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress reveals that many terminally ill cancer patients are not offered palliative care as part of end of life treatment.

Co-director opens first Palliative Care Centre in Prague

International Observatory on End of Life Care

Professor Sheila Payne from the International Observatory on End of Life Care was invited to open the first ever Palliative Care Centre in Prague, Czech Republic on 2 October 2014.

Care at the end of life

The New York Times – editorial

Americans are justifiably worried about obtaining the best possible care — and the care they really want — as they or family members near the end of life.

Deloitte report: £4.5 billion spent annually on end of life care, but delivery could be improved

UK – Deloitte

At least £4.5 billion is spent each year in England caring for those at the end of their lives, according to a report by the Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions.

No program for inmates at life’s end

US – Boston Globe

As healthcare costs skyrocket, what do you do with an inmate who is so ill he is no longer a danger, but is instead a burden?

Supreme Court to rule soon if assisted suicide is a human right

Canada – The Globe and Mail

On 15 October there will be a one-day Supreme Court hearing to decide where Canada’s top court now stands on the Criminal Code prohibition against assisted suicide.

To live and to let go

India – The Hindu

Even as the Supreme Court considers the need for living wills, a new documentary looks at the issues that haunt passive euthanasia.

Arrival of UK’s first clinic offering advice on ending life condemned as ‘unwelcome and very dangerous

UK – The Independent

Dr Philip Nitschke said the arrival of his non-profit organisation Exit International was to meet demand from its 1,000 British members who have previously attended his workshops and lectures.

The best possible day

The New York Times

A story about how hospices help to give people their best possible day, however they might define it under the circumstances.

Reuters, ProPublica and The Huffington Post bag Barlett & Steele Awards

News Medial

The Huffington Post won the bronze award at the eighth annual Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, for its nine-month investigation into US hospices.

Ebola healthcare workers are dying faster than their patients


The bulk of healthcare workers are locals who don’t have enough resources or training to treat not only their patients, but also each other.

Ebola’s legacy can be a thriving community health system

Open Society blog

“To enable survival, we need to ensure consistent access to medicines, labs and supportive care. Through this improved quality of care – one that focuses on support rather than quarantine – we can combat fear and stigma.”

Hospice Care Week 2014 highlights ‘hospice care, everywhere!’

ehospice UK

Hospice Care Week 2014 kicks-off today with more than 100 hospices across the UK helping to raise public awareness about the diversity of hospice care and highlight that it is available in many different settings beyond hospice buildings.

New Palliative Care Australia CEO takes up the reins late October

ehospice Australia

Palliative Care Australia’s new CEO, Liz Callaghan has many strings to her bow, having seen and done enough to make her a voice to heed in the increasingly significant field of palliative care.

6 ways to fix South Africa’s HIV response

ehospice Africa

South African sex workers may have one of the world’s highest HIV prevalence rates and addressing this is just one of six ways South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) CEO, Dr Fareed Abdullah, says the country can fix its HIV response.

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