The importance of good end of life care is appreciated by anyone working as a carer, either as a paid career or in caring unpaid for a family member or friend, and the Second Annual Report on the Progress of the End of Life Care Strategy in England has now been published.
Professor Sir Mike Richards, the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, in his Executive Summary to the Secretary of State which forms part of the report , comments:-
"High quality end of life care for people in care homes means looking after them where they are actually living, just as it does for people in their original homes. Following the Spending Review, any future indicators which measure end of life care should reflect this. Last year's report also noted the increasingly challenging financial climate and emphasised how important it would be that Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) made the most of the new money available to invest in end of life care over 2009/10 and 2010/11. Unsurprisingly, this theme is now a large part of the agenda, alongside the imperative to improve quality.."
The full Report can be found on the DoH website. The link for this is below.