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RCN Responds To End Of Life Care Strategy Report, UK

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) called for sustained investment to make 24-hour district nursing a reality in all areas, as they responded to the Second Annual Report on the End of Life Care Strategy.

Dr. Peter Carter, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said: “Progress is clearly being made towards ensuring that no matter where or when a person dies, they are afforded the same exemplary standards provided by hospices. This aim will only be achieved when round-the-clock District Nursing teams are available everywhere.

“District Nurses provide expert symptom control, care and dignity for patients at the end of their lives. With this support, patients are often able to die at home in the way they choose, which in turn helps loved ones through their bereavement. All too often, they are admitted to hospital during the night simply due to the unavailability of district nursing services. This adds not only to the patient’s distress in their last hours but to the suffering of the bereaved.”

Royal College of Nursing

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