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UK first in palliative care ranking

The UK ranks first in the 2015 Quality of Death Index, a measure of the quality of palliative care in 80 countries around the world released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Its ranking is due to 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. @

The Index, commissioned by the Lien Foundation, a Singaporean philanthropic organisation, is based on extensive research and interviews with over 120 palliative care experts from across the world.

No room for complacency

Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern says, "We are blessed to live in a country that has good end of life care. We must not become complacent but continue to invest and to resist any attempt to liberalise the law on assisted suicide." @