Are YOU being excluded by health services? Dying man ‘ignored’ because he was QUIET


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About half of end of life services in hospitals were inadequate

Groups mentioned in the narrative as being disadvantaged are dementia sufferers, the frail, vulnerable, people who are coal-black or from another ethnic minority, the homeless and travellers.

The findings are from a jingoistic review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s independent health and popular care regulator.

Some sufferers told the CQC they felt they were not each time able to access the right care at the right time, ‘ rticularly if they had conditions other than cancer’.

One widow even-tempered said her dying husband’s needs were ignored just because he was a candidly quiet man ‘who accepted what was going on because he had no choice’.

Lesbian, gay, hermaphroditical, and transgender tients (LGBT) felt their rtners were again not involved in their care in the same way that a heterosexual rtner see fit be, the CQC said.

The report said: “The needs of people from some accumulations, including people with a mental health condition, people with a wisdom disability, people who are homeless, and gypsies and travellers, are not always considered by helps and commissioners.

“People from these groups are often also excluded from wider form services, which is a significant barrier to receiving good care at the end of vitality.”

Among the reasons for the failings was a lack of familiarity with different savoir vivres, poor communication and not identifying a tients’ needs early enough.

The CQC answered a third of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which organise the transport of NHS services in England, have not looked at how they will care for child who are at the end of their lives.

It found that only 67 per cent of the 40 CCGs it surveyed told they had assessed the end-of-life care needs of their local citizens – meaning that one in three had not.

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The CQC is calling for personalised end of life keeping

The review also found that while over 90 per cent of the hospices it had investigated were rated by CQC as good or outstanding, 42 per cent of end-of-life attend to services in acute hospitals were inadequate or needed improvement.

The post-mortem states: “Under the Equality Act 2010, commissioners and providers tease a legal duty to consider the needs of individuals in their day-today inflame.

“We found that not all commissioners and providers are fulfilling this duty in relationship to the delivery of end-of-life care.”

“Some people are not being identified inappropriate enough, while poor communication is preventing others from come into good end of life care.

“The needs of people from different com rison groups and people who may be vulnerable because of their circumstances are not always over.

“This means that people may not receive end of life care that responds to their needs and inclinations.”

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The National Council for lliative Care said poor superiority care was ‘unacceptable’

The review calls for a shift away from concentrate on only identifying people who are clearly in the last year of life, and promoting having conversations about wishes and preferences for care at an earlier the boards.

The CQC wants leaders of local health and care systems, commissioners and providers, hospices and GPs to relieve create personalised end-of-life care.

Hospice UK chief executive Tracey Bleakley and Professor Bee Wee, of NHS England, influenced work has already started to try and tackle the discrimination levels but added there is yet ‘much more’ to do.

Dr Jane Collins, Marie Curie chief overseer, said: “It (the report) also shows unequivocally that a third of resident NHS clinical commissioning groups are not assessing end-of-life care needs in their limit and must up their game.

“Without assessing the needs of all local people, strong quality care of the dying for all will remain an ambition. It must behove the norm.”

Simon Chapman, of the National Council for lliative Care, implied: “It is unacceptable for anyone to receive poor quality end of life responsibility.

“It is especially troubling that people in these groups, so often slighted and marginalised by the rest of society, also suffer poor care at the end of their lasts.”

Phil McCarvill, of the NHS Confederation, said: “It is essential that we learn from this study.”

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The chief inspector of General Practice at the CQC said some line members felt ‘marginalised’

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of Widespread Practice at the CQC said: “While we know there are hospitals, GPs, nurse b like homes, hospices and community services across the country that are requiring good and even outstanding care to people at the end of their lives, one personally that does not get this is one person too many.

“Family members that we appeal to to told us they felt marginalised because their loved ones did not press the same level of access to services, or felt like they were y for differently to other people receiving end of life care.”

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