Provision of palliative care is suboptimal

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7026.310b (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:310
  1. Michael Cushen
  1. Palliative physician St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich IP3 8LX

    EDITOR,—As a palliative physician, I found it upsetting to read Betty Bridger's account of the medical care given to her husband during the last few days of his life.1 The care was inappropriate and inadequate and resulted in an agonising and painful death, which Bridger cannot eradicate from her mind.

    Bridger mentions two means by which such a situation might be averted in the future. She urges that …

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