The Government’s making assurances palliative care is one of its health priorities.
It comes as a review of the sector recommends major changes and improvements because of a rising demand for palliative care from the country’s aging population.
The Adult Palliative Care Services in New Zealand – Review and Action Plan shows there will be an over 50 percent increase in the number of people needing palliative care over the next 20 years.
It’s recommending greater emphasis be put on palliative care, its quality be improved, that the capability of informal carers be increased, and that response to those with palliative care needs be improved.
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman said palliative care is a priority for the Government.
“We’re committed to ensuring New Zealanders can access palliative care services when they need them and in the settings they prefer,” said Dr Coleman.
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