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Scots to Improve Palliative Care

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots to Improve Palliative Care

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The Scottish Government is to publish a national plan to improve services for the terminally ill, following an Audit Scotland report that calls for a more consistent approach to palliative care.

In a report, Review of palliative care services in Scotland, published last week, the public spending watchdog said there was a 'significant variation in the availability of specialist palliative care services and in the way patients with complex needs could access these.

'People with a range of conditions need specialist palliative care, but it remains primarily cancer-focused,' the report stated.

The plan for palliative care is due to be published in October. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the initiative would provide better care outside Scotland's central belt.

She added: 'There are many examples of NHS boards and the voluntary sector working together to improve services. This is a process that is already under way, but there's no doubt we have to accelerate that progress.'

The report said there were different models for delivering palliative care, with specialist services varying from board to board. …

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