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Wednesday, 20th May 2015

UK: Dying without Dignity

Source: Parliamentary and Health Servie Ombudsman (UK)

From the Introduction:

Every year, approximately half a million people die in England. For three quarters of people, death is not sudden but is expected, and many of them may benefit from end of life or palliative care. There is potential to improve the experience of care in the last year and months of life for approximately 355,000 people.

As the independent organisation responsible for investigating complaints about the NHS, we see tragic cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened with the right care and treatment as they approached the end of their lives. The anguish that this causes them and their loved ones is unimaginable.

End of life care is, sadly, a recurring and consistent theme in our casework. It has also been a key issue for the NHS for some time....

This short report features 12 cases that illustrate the issues we regularly see in our casework on end of life care. The examples represent a diverse collection of powerful stories, drawn from a range of different health care settings. They are from all parts of the country and represent different areas of concern.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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