"Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return"
The sombre invocation of the Ash Wednesday Mass. But somehow it’s not gloomy but uplifting. It puts things into perspective and gives us a more balanced view of life's troubles.
So interesting that Andy Burnham chooses this time to announce that a Labour Government would give the right to die at home statutory backing, probably in the NHS Constitution. This is great news and he is to be congratulated. It has been a standing shame that the majority of people at the end of life die in a hospital bed, often in the most undignified circumstances and despite the fact most people would choose to die at home or in a hospice.
I know DH have been looking at this issue, so it’s time for Jeremy Hunt to match that promise. But it will require very different commissioning of palliative services and a stronger role for hospices and charities who work with people in their homes. There have been great advances in ...more