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Analysis

Poor end of life care is clear theme in ombudsman’s report

A report from the parliamentary and health service ombudsman on ‘dying without dignity’ makes disturbing reading

A report from the parliamentary and health service ombudsman on ‘dying without dignity’ makes disturbing reading.

The cases covered include a young man with cancer, nearing the end of his life, who was transferred to a palliative care unit. It took almost 12 hours for his increasing pain to be treated. Even then, extra relief was prescribed only after the patient’s distraught mother contacted the hospital’s emergency department. Eventually, a surgical doctor wrote the prescription. The man died two days later.

Recurring theme

For three quarters of the half million people who die in England each year, death is not sudden. Many receive palliative care in their final weeks and days. But ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor says that end of life care is a ‘recurring and consistent’ theme in the cases of complaint she is asked to consider.

A number of themes emerge from the report, many

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