The Medical News Today website reports that new NHS guidelines set out how to give people the best possible care at the end of their lives. NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – aims to support healthcare professionals in giving consistent, compassionate and high quality clinical care to people in their last days of life.

It’s estimated that about half a million people die each year in England and 3 out of 4 of these deaths are expected. A recent report, by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked the UK as having the best end of life care in the world, but also outlined areas where improvements still need to be made.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive of NICE, said: “Death is something that happens to us all and how we are cared for can make a big difference to our final days.

“We know the vast majority of people in this country receive very good end of life care, but this isn’t always the case. Looking after people who are dying can be challenging and our new evidence-based guideline will support doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide the best care possible for every patient.”

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