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Wales to receive additional £1m for end of life care

Author: Leila Hawkins
08 August 2017

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced a £1m boost for end of life care services in Wales.

The funding will support the End of Life Care Delivery Plan 2017-2020, published in March this year. The plan details how the Welsh Government intends to improve services for patients and their families across Wales. The plan covers all aspects of palliative and end of life care, delivered by primary and secondary care as well as the voluntary sector. 

Funds will be used for additional training, such as helping health professionals have difficult conversations about end of life.  It will also go towards developing an electronic record system for advanced care planning.

Projects like the ‘Byw Nawr – Live Now’ (Dying Matters in Wales) will benefit, encouraging people to have open discussions about dying, death and bereavement by raising awareness and producing online resources. 

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said:

“Dying is one of life’s few certainties, and as a result of advances in modern medicine, there are many people living longer with terminal illnesses. It is therefore vital that the best possible end of life and palliative care is made available across Wales.”

“I am pleased to allocate the additional £1m funding to support the End of Life Care Delivery Plan, which reaffirms our commitment to ensuring people have a healthy, realistic approach to dying, and are able to plan appropriately for the event.” 

“We want people to be able to end their days in the location of their choice – be that home, hospital or hospice and we want them to have access to high quality care wherever they live and die, whatever their underlying disease or disability.”

Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK said:

“This additional £1m for end of life care services in Wales, announced by the Health Secretary Vaughan Gething today is very welcome news.”

“Hospice services across Wales are essential to achieving the aims of the Welsh Government’s End of Life Care Delivery Plan to ensure all people in Wales have access to high quality care, wherever they are, and regardless of their diagnosis or condition. “

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