A new deal is needed for people at the end of their lives to ensure they are treated well and receive high quality care and support, according to a report published recently by the National Council for Palliative Care [NCPC] in the UK.

Entitled No Dress Rehearsals, the report looks at how end of life care is measuring up 3 years after the publication of the UK’s End of Life care strategy.   The report finds that, despite many examples of excellent care,  there remains serious cases of neglect and ill-treatment.  No Dress Rehearsals calls for more open discussion about dying and death to make it a real priority, making it easier for people to receive end of life care and make training in end of life care a core part of the curriculum for all health and social care staff.

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