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End-of-Life Care 'Must Improve'

Magazine article Public Finance

End-of-Life Care 'Must Improve'

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A watchdog has criticised care homes in Scotland for failing to provide sufficient palliative care for residents close to death.

According to the Scottish Care Commission, more than 40% did not fully recognise that they should be providing such care.

It also found that 54% of services had not fully trained their staff or given them enough support to deal with sensitive issues surrounding death and dying.

The commissions report, Better care every step of the way, published on April 17, disclosed the findings of 1,036 inspections and three investigations carried out at care homes for older people.

Susan Brimelow, director of health care regulation for the commission, said the ageing population meant that more people were living longer with debilitating long-term conditions and needed palliative and end-oflife care.

She added: 'We found that a lot of good quality palliative care is provided in care homes across Scotland. There are many examples of the excellent care and our report also features many letters of appreciation from relatives about the care their loved ones have had. …

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