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End of life care still requires improvement at nearly half of hospitals, report finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4462 (Published 17 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4462
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Almost half of hospitals provide unacceptable care services at the end of life, a summary of data collected from inspections and published in a report by the Department of Health has found.1

In July 2013 an independent review of the Liverpool care pathway by the rabbi and peer Julia Neuberger recommended that use of the pathway, which had been introduced in the 1990s, should be phased out in England because, although it delivered good care when used well, in many cases it was regarded as a tick box exercise.2 3

A year later a coalition of 21 organisations known as …

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