Survey reveals how NHS pressures put further strain on end of life care

A survey conducted by Marie Curie Care and the Nursing Standard demonstrates how pressures on the NHS are compromising care for terminally ill  patients. 

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It found that 94% of nurses who participated in the survey (n over 600) have witnessed dying patients ‘stranded’ in hospital as delays in funding have meant they were unable to receive care in the community.

Among the survey’s key findings were:

  • Almost two-thirds (65%) of nurses say they do not have sufficient time to provide high quality care for patients who are dying, a similar proportion to those who answered the survey last year.
  • Staffing levels (38%) and time constraints (25%) were the main barriers identified to providing high quality care, followed by a lack of care provision in the community, including care homes, peoples’ homes and hospices.

The full press release is available on the Marie Curie Care website 

The full results of the survey are published in latest issue of the Nursing Standard which is available to Rotherham NHS Staff here 

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