The 2015 Quality of Death Index, a measure of the quality of palliative care in 80 countries around the world released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), found that the UK is the world leader in palliative care.  Royal Trinity Hospice’s Chief Executive, Dallas Pounds, responds stating that while the UK should be proud of this achievement, more needs to be done to meet the growing demand and ensure everyone has access to the care they need.

The EIU ranked the UK top in the report due to its comprehensive national policies, the extensive integration of palliative care into the National Health Service, a strong hospice movement, and deep community engagement on the issue. The UK also came top in the first Quality of Death Index, produced in 2010.

However, the index also highlights there is still room for improvement in the UK. It cites the report published by the health ombudsman earlier this year highlighting issues for concerns such as poor symptom control, poor communication and planning, inadequate out-of-hours services for dying people and delays in diagnosis and referrals for treatment.

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Royal Trinity Hospice, said: “Trinity is committed to ensuring that each and every person we support has the best death possible.  We pride ourselves on the outstanding quality of care we provide to our patients and their friends and families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our ambition is that everyone receives this quality care, but we know that this is not the case. Myths and stigma around death and dying make it all the more difficult for people to plan for and access end of life care when they need it. That’s why Trinity is committed to raising awareness about what we do, who we can help and how people can access our support.”

To listen to Dallas and one of Trinity's patients talking to Wandsworth Radio about the news, click here: