End of Life Care Strategy – new report

Many of us are reportedly not having our end –of-life-wishes met. This is according to the new report done, three years after the previous governments End of Life Care Strategy. Seven out of ten people who were polled said that they would like to die at home instead of hospital, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the Dying Matters Coalition stated that a major shake-up of end-of-life care is needed. This coalition is calling for the government to enter into discussions about dying and death as the figures from the report state that 59% of people are scared of dying in hospital.

Does this not beg the bigger question of why we are scared to go to hospital? None of us ‘like’ going to the doctors never mind the hospital, but should we not be relieved that a medical professional is taking care of us? Should we not be comforted by the nurses and excellent medical care, we know the food will not be wonderful but that is easily the least of our worries. The need to feel reassured when needing medical assistance regardless of the level is essential. Life is about living and not being scared to go to hospital or that because of our age we will not be listened to or even respected.

Eve Richardson, chief executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition, said: ‘A new deal for people who are dying is needed.’ I vote that a new deal is needed for all older people while they are living.