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Care of dying patients

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:552

Education in palliative care for all

  1. William G Notcutt, consultant anaesthetist (
  1. James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth NR31 6LA
  2. Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 4AB

    EDITOR—How sad it is, that in 2003 the simple messages of palliative care have not reached all parts of the healthcare system. Ellershaw and Ward's paper should be a wake up call to the deans of medical and nursing schools and to the royal colleges.1 No longer is it acceptable to teach surgery and medicine and not include palliative care in the curriculum. The wards of our hospitals are full not only …

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