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Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People Reports 26 June 2014

The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) today, 26 June 2014 published its long awaited report setting out the duties, responsibilities and implementation guidance for end of life care for hospitals in England.

Professor John Ellershaw, Director, Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool said:

"There is still an unacceptably wide variation in the standard of care for dying people in hospitals across the country. The report of the Leadership Alliance for Care for the Dying Person provides another opportunity for those hospitals that are failing to provide good care for the dying to assess themselves against the principles and evidence for what provides good care and use the duties, responsibilities and implementation guidance provided to raise their standards."

"Education, training, care and compassion remain crucial to providing the best evidence based care. However research and development in end of life care is still woefully low and should also be addressed urgently. It is vital that end of life care - and care for the dying in particular - is kept high on the policy agenda."

"We only have one chance to get the care for a dying person right and patients and their families deserve nothing less than the very best." Click here to read the report on the LACDP website:

http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/lac/