Government commits to high quality end of life care.

An announcement from Health Minister Ben Gummer:

The government has made 6 commitments to the public to end variation in end of life care across the health system by 2020. These are:

  • honest discussions between care professionals and dying people
  • dying people making informed choices about their care
  • personalised care plans for all
  • the discussion of personalised care plans with care professionals
  • the involvement of family and carers in dying people’s care
  • a main contact so dying people know who to contact at any time of day

The commitments are in response to an independent review of end of life care.

Coincidentally, Ben Gummer is my local MP.

An interesting note at the end of this statement:

Additionally, the NHS will support the increased use of electronic patient records for people nearing the end of their life to enable the recording and sharing of end of life care choices by 2020.

Like all organisations, if the NHS is to do more with less, then efficient use of digital services is key. Patient data is sensitive, end of life care choices are sensitive, I really hope that they can overcome a not-good history of digital patient records systems.

Read the full statement at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-commits-to-high-quality-end-of-life-care