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Research carried out on behalf of the All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has shown that seven in ten people believe that if palliative care could help them they would like a health care professional to discuss it with them. In this, Palliative Care Week (9 to…
A judge in the specialist Court of Protection has ruled, without analysing evidence at a hearing, that a woman in a permanent vegetative state should be allowed to die. Mr Justice Williams decided that medics can withdraw feeding by artificial means after privately analysing written submissions from lawyers representing a…
A seriously ill two-month-old baby who doctors say feels pain when held should be allowed to die, a High Court judge has decided. Specialists told Mr Justice Williams that the boy was being sedated when handled to reduce his agitation. They said he should move to a children's hospice and…
An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategies of 4% of Health and Wellbeing Boards, according to analysis conducted by experts at King's College London. Meanwhile only half of…
The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range of professionals who support people with learning disabilities have the…
A breast cancer charity has called on the Government to tackle a "totally unacceptable" lack of care for women with the disease. Breast Cancer Care said that, in its survey of almost 3,000 women with breast cancer, 41% said they did not get the professional support they needed to cope…
More than 5,300 people are being diagnosed with sarcoma cancer every year in the UK - suggesting it is more common than previously thought, a charity has warned. Sarcoma is cancer of the bone and soft tissue which can develop anywhere in the body, making it one of the most…
Almost three quarters of specialist breast cancer nurses in Wales are aged 50 or over so many could retire in the next decade, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support said its latest census shows 74% of breast cancer nurses where age was reported are at least 50, leading to…
A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and skills and to gain a recognised qualification. The University of Wolverhampton works in collaboration with Compton Care, a…
The number of older cancer patients will rocket in the next two decades, experts have predicted. Cancer Research UK said the number of older people diagnosed with cancer each year could rise by 80% by 2035. It reported that 130,000 British people over the age of 75 currently get cancer…
A hospital has admitted liability for the death of a cancer patient who was not given the correct antibiotics. Father-of-three Simon Tulitt (pictured) was admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital for routine surgery for a cancerous growth on his bowel on May 28 2013. The 62-year-old contracted sepsis, also referred…
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