GPs and nurses launch end of life care charter

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3415
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

All 8500 GP practices in England are to receive a charter pledging the standard care that patients will receive at the end of life.

The charter, drawn up jointly by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) with input from specialists, patient groups and others in health and social care, sets out seven pledges to patients.

A letter accompanying the charter states: “The GP and the primary healthcare team have the ability to coordinate good care and to help reduce some of the worry and stress when someone …

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