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Better Palliative Data Needed

Magazine article Public Finance

Better Palliative Data Needed

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A parliamentary audit committee has told the Scottish Government that it needs to improve data collection to provide better NHS palliative care services.

The Scottish Parliament's public audit committee, in a report published on January 14, said improved data collection would allow a more consistent approach to monitoring and planning, which would result in a higher quality service.

The report followed an inquiry by the committee into a recent study of palliative care by auditor general Bob Black. It urged health boards to be more consistent when commissioning palliative care services from providers, such as voluntary organisations, to ensure value for money is achieved.

Committee convener Hugh Henry said guidance should be issued to health boards on what should be included in their funding allocation to voluntary sector bodies. …

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