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a welsh flag imageJuly 18 2018

Targets should be set to increase the number of people requiring palliative care to be included on General Practice Palliative Care Registers in Wales. There should also be measures to monitor their effectiveness in supporting adults with all life-limiting conditions, Welsh Assembly Members have recommended.

The AMs have also called on health boards to demonstrate how they consider end-of-life care needs in determining their out-of-hours coverage and to work cooperatively to resource paediatric out-of-hours services at an all-Wales level.

The recommendations come in a report by the Cross Party Group on Hospices and Palliative Care, supported by the charity Hospice UK. Their inquiry has looked at inequalities in accessing hospice and palliative care in Wales. 

An estimated 23,000 people in Wales have a palliative care need every year. However, at least 6,000 people with life-limiting and terminal conditions are not receiving the expert care they would benefit from, found the report.

Mark Isherwood AM, Chair of the Cross Party Group, said: “Our wide-ranging inquiry looked in depth at the many different factors that currently limit access to palliative care in Wales.

“While there are significant challenges to overcome, there are also many examples of pioneering work by hospices and NHS providers of palliative care that are helping their services reach more people.

“As our report makes clear, an integrated approach based on effective collaboration between the NHS and voluntary sector organisations is essential if we are to radically improve access to hospice and palliative care for everyone across Wales in the future.”

Links:
Hospice UK announcement       
‘CPG Hospices and Palliative Care: Inquiry Inequalities in access to hospice and palliative care.’ July 2018.           

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