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Letters BMA calls for changes to end of life care

PATCH (Palliation And The Caring Hospital): a charity that is committed to improving hospital palliative care

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 06 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1862
  1. Pamela Levack, medical director1,
  2. Gordon Paterson, director1
  1. 1PATCH (Palliation And The Caring Hospital), Carnoustie DD7 6BW, UK
  1. plevack{at}

Listening to patients, we know that people are afraid of dying in hospital.1 Yet we also know that more than half of us will do so. Rather than wish that this were not so, we can and should focus on improving hospital palliative care to ensure hospital patients and their families receive the appropriate care, as an outpatient, an emergency, an inpatient, or inpatient hoping …

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