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Peter Tatchell gives inaugural Sue Ryder lecture

Author: Suzanne Stevenson
08 February 2018
  • Peter Tatchell, pictured with Heidi Travis, CEO of Sue Ryder (on left) and Jacqui Graves Human Rights Lead, Sue Ryder.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell gave the inaugural Sue Ryder Lecture held in London this week.

He highlighted the problems faced by LGBT people towards the end of their lives, how these might be resolved and how human rights and equality law have been slow to be recognised in end of life care.

The event, which was held at The Royal Society in London, included guests from across the end of life sector and speakers also included Jacqui Graves Human Rights Lead, at Sue Ryder and Heidi Travis, CEO of the charity who spoke of the importance of human rights in end of life care.

The evening lecture followed a conference on human rights during the day by Sue Ryder which featured guest speakers Dr Sanchita Hosali, Acting Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, Dr Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation at Hospice UK and Lesley Goodburn.

Lesley shared the experiences of her and her husband Seth who, at 49 years old, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer following a short history of feeling unwell. He died 33 days later. Lesley and Seth’s story raises many human rights issues.

In March 2017 Sue Ryder launched ‘What Matters to Me’, a first of its kind training programme for health and social care professionals about using human rights to improve end of life care, which is pushing boundaries in the hospice sector.

Sue Ryder is delivering a free training programme for health professionals which focuses on how to use human rights to ensure compassion and dignity for people receiving end of life care. Over the next three years the charity aims to train over a thousand healthcare professionals all across the UK.

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