Report proposes palliative alliance

Help the Hospices has called for a coalition of palliative care organisations and professionals to raise awareness of end-of-life issues.

The charity's new consultation paper, Living With Dying, was drawn up with help from the Institute of Volunteering Research, the MS Society, Sue Ryder Care and the Bereavement Research Forum.

The paper proposes an alliance that would "value current government initiatives to extend palliative care and remove inequalities in end-of-life care".

It also calls for everyone to have the right to a dignified death, increased time and support for carers and equal support for those bereaved by sudden death, suicide or chronic disease.

Organisations are invited to contribute to the document. Results will be presented at the Help the Hospices annual conference, held from 27 to 29 September.

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