County scores low in end-of-life care

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HAMPSHIRE’S NHS has scored lower than the national average for how it deals with bereaved families.

For the first time a survey has been carried out to gauge the quality of care received at the end of people’s lives.

Figures reveal that 41.8 per cent of respondents living in the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCT cluster rated quality of end of life care as either ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’.

This was below the England average of 42.5.

Imelda Redmond, director of policy and public affairs at Marie Curie Cancer Care said: ‘This is the first time bereaved relatives have been given a voice. Families have told us, in large numbers, that their loved ones do not always get the care they need or deserve at the end of life.’