Dr Amy Proffitt, chair of the APM, said doctors who provide palliative care are “deeply concerned” about the “gross misleading” of some reports about the quality of end-of-life care in England.
“Stories about good deaths, available treatments and how to access end-of-life care are largely sacrificed in favor of those that focus on negative outcomes, which unfortunately scare away vulnerable patients,” he said. she stated.
“It is then made worse by not asking why these issues happened. For example, was the patient able to access all the services they needed? For any clinician, this is the obvious first question, because we know that approximately one in four people who would benefit from palliative care do not receive it.
The majority (78%) of survey respondents were full-time employees providing clinical care to end-of-life patients, almost two-thirds (65%) held a contract with the NHS.
Amendments to the Assisted Dying Bill
If the law were to change to allow assisted suicide, almost half (45%) said their palliative care service had not yet decided whether they wanted to participate in such processes.
An amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill has been proposed by Lord Forsyth, the former Conservative Cabinet minister.
The peer said he had changed his mind on the subject, after previously opposing it, due to his own experience with his father.
“When I went to see my dad, he was in a lot of pain. I said, ‘I’m really sorry you’re in this position.’ And he said to me: ‘It is you who are guilty’ and I said: ‘What do you mean?’ and he said: ‘Because you consistently voted against the right to die,’ he told the Telegraph.
Dignity in Dying, a group campaigning to change the law on assisted dying for the terminally ill, welcomed Lord Forsyth’s amendment last week and said it offered an opportunity for a ” full and proper debate” on the legislation.
It comes after a separate bill on assisted dying passed second reading in the House of Lords in October. But the peers added more than 200 amendments to the bill in a bid to stop it moving forward.
Last week it was revealed that the Crown Prosecution Service was proposing to change guidelines for state prosecutors to allow mercy killers to escape prosecution.
The proposed change would remove the requirement for prosecutors to “almost certainly” charge a suspect with murder. Rather, it will set out the factors they should consider in deciding whether to let them go.