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Doctors need more training in care of the dying, experts say

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4792
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The recent draft guideline from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on care of the dying is a good summary of evidence but not much help at the bedside, two experts on palliative care have said.

Since the demise of the Liverpool care pathway, acute trusts have been left to their own devices over adult palliative care, Jonathan Koffman and Katherine Sleeman, from the Cicely Saunders Institute in London, told journalists at the Science Media Centre, London, on 3 September. They said that NICE’s 266 page guideline,1 which is out for public consultation until 9 …

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