Care of the Dying.
The need to discuss care of the dying, death and bereavement was highlighted in a debate on Care of the Dying held in the House of Commons.
David Burrowes MP, who arranged the care of the dying debate, highlighted in his opening speech the importance of increased awareness of end of life issues as part of a national debate that is broader than assisted dying.
Mr Burrowes, the Conservative MP for Enfield-Southgate, said: “Last year, a ComRes poll found that 67% of people are scared of being told that they are dying. More significantly, 83% are scared of dying in pain. As a nation, we need to get better at talking about dying, death and bereavement, but Parliament can take a lead in breaking the cycle that can result in a lack of care. With the public reluctant to discuss end-of-life care, many professionals do not feel confident to deliver it. Services are not available to everyone who needs them.
“The aptly named Dying Matters coalition, across the public, voluntary and private sector, should be commended and supported when it has its annual awareness week in May.”
The debate, in which just 21 MPs bothered to take part, was held in response to the recent media coverage of the Commission on Assisted Dying, whose final recommendations were published a week prior (see more here).