ONS report shows wide variety in quality of care given in the last three months of life across England

Source: Office for National Statistics

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Wide variations in the quality of end of life care across the country were revealed in a report published  by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The first national VOICES survey asked recently bereaved people about the quality of care received by their loved ones in their last three months of life. Full statistical findings were published in July 2012. This report breaks down findings from the survey by Primary Care Trust (PCT) clusters. Results showed how:

  • PCT Clusters in the South West were regularly rated in the top 20 per cent across all areas of care. Bournemouth and Poole and Dorset PCT Cluster was rated particularly highly.
  • The North East and North West of the country were rated highly, particularly for quality of care, dignity and respect and patient care and support. The North of Tyne PCT Cluster scored highly across all areas.
  • The poorest ratings were given to London PCT Clusters, which were featured regularly in the bottom 20 per cent.

Length of publication: 12p.

Acknowledgement: National End of Life Care Programme

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