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Analysis

Regional variations in palliative end of life care

    A new guideline on end of life care is due to be published later this year as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence attempts to ensure high standards are kept.   
end of life care

The death of a child is a comparatively rare event in the UK. Even so, more than 3,000 infant and 2,000 children and young people age 1-19 years died in England and Wales in 2012.

Across the UK it is estimated that 50,000 children and young people are living with life-limiting conditions. These individuals’ needs vary because there are more than 300 life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses that can affect those aged under 19.

Regional variations

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has highlighted wide regional variation in paediatric end of life care practice, and in an attempt to ensure standards are universally high it has consulted on how all services can match the best.

Published in July,

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