Health Management and Policy Alert
‘A different ending’: addressing inequalities in end of life care
This review of end of life care found that people from certain groups in society sometimes experience poorer quality care because providers do not always understand or fully consider their needs. In light of this, the report argues that some commissioners and providers might not be fulfilling their duties under the Equality Act 2010 as all public bodies have a legal duty to consider the needs of a range of equality groups when carrying out their day-to-day work. The review identified examples of good practice, but found that action is needed to make sure everyone has the same access to high quality, personalised care at the end of their lives, regardless of their diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.