Response to study of palliative care in Scotland

Comment published

In response to the publication of "The level of provision of specialist palliative care services in Scotland: an international benchmarking study" in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland, said:

This important new study highlights that we need to do more to reach terminally ill people in their communities. Supporting people and developing resources in the community not only allows them to be cared for at home, where they would most like to be, but can also help reduce admissions and stays in hospital. We know that around a quarter of those who need palliative care in Scotland do not get it. The Scottish Government has committed to doubling palliative care services in the community and we look forward to seeing this progress.

Notes to Editor

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Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS. 


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