Inequalities in end-of-life care still exist

Heather Richardson

  • Abstract

    "I live in a society where I get good end-of-life care regardless of who I am, where I live or the circumstances of my life"

    The above statement has been written from the perspective of someone nearing the end of life. It represents one of six positive ambitions for palliative and end-of-life care included in a framework for local action designed to drive better care in England (National Palliative and End of life Care Partnership, 2015). The expectation that anyone who is dying will get fair access to care is not an extraordinary one, nor indeed is it new. Yet, even in 2016, we are faced by a number of key reports that confirm that fair access to care is not the case in reality.

  • Contributors

    Heather Richardson


    Correct at article publish date

    1 Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice, London, UK
    2 Honorary Professor, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University Lancaster, UK

    Author notes

    Correspondence to Heather Richardson,

    Original publishing information

    • Publisher: St Christopher's Hospice
    • Publish date: 01/07/2016
    • ePub Date: 07/07/2016
    • Volume: 6
    • Issue: 1

    Permissions: Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to

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