That Scotland’s ageing population is growing quickly as people live longer should come as no great surprise. However, what is not widely recognised is the corresponding increase in people living with terminal conditions, and often with more than one, adding a high level of complexity to the care they need.
Health officials in Staffordshire have revealed that hundreds of terminally-ill patients spend their final weeks with no support and in the wrong places. Five clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and Macmillan Cancer Support are to bring in two new organisations to co-ordinate the provision and stop people falling through the net.
The NHS is facing “bankruptcy” because it will not be able to cope with Britain’s ageing population, according to Lord Warner. The peer compared the health service to a “65-year-old pensioner that has adopted a lifestyle that is well beyond its current and future means”.
The Board of Trustees at Shalom House has agreed that from November 1 2013, Shalom House Palliative Care Unit in St David’s will be open for day patients only.
A Clifford children’s hospice which supports families and youngsters with terminal illnesses has teamed up with Northern Ballet to offer dance events.
Monitor, the healthcare regulator, appears to have backtracked on an unpopular proposal to force charitable healthcare providers to contribute to a slush fund for failing NHS trusts, following fierce lobbying by hospices and health charities. Help the Hospices took up the case on behalf of the hospice sector.