ONS National Berevement Survey

Published on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 15:27
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the findings from its National Bereavement Survey, carried out in 2011

Speaking in response to ONS data released today from the National Bereavement Survey (VOICES), Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition said:

"We welcome the publication of this important report and hope that it acts as a catalyst to further improving end of life care and the support available to people who have been bereaved.

Although it is encouraging that three-quarters of people who have been bereaved reported in this survey that the care received had been outstanding, excellent or good, it's a real concern that the quality of care people who are dying receive appears to vary so hugely, with hospitals performing especially badly. There is absolutely no excuse for not treating people who are dying with dignity and respect, which is why it is disturbing that hospital staff appear to be failing to do this consistently – with bereaved people reporting just 57% of hospital doctors and 48% of hospital nurses always showed dignity and respect.

We need a new deal for people who are dying, with mandatory end of life training for all staff and much more done to listen and act upon people's preferences about where they want to be cared for at the end of life, which for most people is in their home and not in hospital. We only have one chance to get end of life care right, which is why the findings from the National Bereavement Survey need to be acted upon immediately."

Source: ©NCPC

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