Daily News Roundup – 31 March 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Palliative care or assisted dying? We just need to start talking more about ‘the right to die well’

The Conversation
“It is perhaps time to bring down the ethical and ideological wire fence which has for so long separated the two approaches to the end of life: palliative care and assisted dying,” writes David Clark, professor of medical sociology at the University of Glasgow.

Autonomy and the circumstances of a good death

End of life studies blog
Article by Dr Ben Colburn, senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Glasgow, on how the idea of autonomy can help us to think about how to die well.

Dame Vera Lynn becomes honorary president of local hospice

Sussex Living
St Peter & St James Hospice announced Dame Vera Lynn’s new position to coincide with its patron’s 99th birthday.

Property developer donates six-figure sum to Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service

Maidenhead Advertiser
A property developer has donated £100,000 to the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service to help finish construction of the hospice on the site in White Waltham.

Come into the garden for a real sense of wellbeing

The Guardian
Last month Yeovil Hospital opened an innovative new dementia-friendly garden for patients.

Funeral support: MPs call for overhaul of ‘outdated’ system

BBC News
The cost of even the most basic funeral can drive families into debt, MPs have said as they urged an overhaul of the support system in England and Wales.

Scientists and insurers develop ‘death clock’ to predict when customers will die

The Telegraph
The University of East Anglia is launching a four year study using huge databases of medical data to determine life expectancy and long-term illness.

From across the ehospice editions:

International: Armenia’s cancer patients are victims of the war on drugs

Children: First medical students begin undergraduate paediatric palliative care course in Portugal

Kenya: The forgotten lot

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