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Palliative care in Scotland is too focused on cancer, says national report

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 26 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1428
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1Margate

    Palliative care services in Scotland are too biased towards cancer, at the expense of other incurable illnesses, finds a report by the country’s public sector spending watchdog.

    The Audit Scotland report, published last week, looked at the provision of care for people with terminal illnesses. It concluded that access was uneven across the country and needed to improve.

    It found that 90% of specialist care was given to cancer patients but that the disease represented less than 30% of deaths.

    “Historically, palliative care near the end of life was mainly offered to cancer …

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