End of life strategy offers home nursing care for 24 hours a day

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a871
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    All NHS trusts in England must provide rapid response community nurses and palliative care outreach services round the clock to enable people who want to die at home to receive the care they need, a 10 year strategy review recommended this week.

    The strategy—the first of its kind—sets out the new services, changes to existing services, and training and standards required to improve care for adults approaching the end of their lives. It aims to increase the number of people able to die in their own homes. Surveys of the general public show that between half and three quarters of people would prefer to die at home, but only about 18% currently do so.

    Alan Johnson, the secretary of …

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