This is the lecture given by Dr Alex Jadad (Centre for Global e-Health Innovation) at the Annual Help The Hospices conference in Bournemouth on 22 October 2013.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people feel let down by end of life care services, according to a new report by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Voluntary and Community Organisations.
NCPC, the lead charity of the Dying Matters Coalition, and the Consortium have put together a report, 'Open to all? Meeting the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people nearing the end of life’. The report draws on a survey of more than 700 hospices, care homes and hospitals, as well as clinicians and service users. Endorsed by Stonewall and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, it provides a unique insight into perceptions of end of life care for the 22,000 LGBT people who die each year.
With more than 3.7 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people and at least 12,500 transgender people in Britain, the report expresses concerns that a significant proportion of the population are not accessing appropriate care when they are dying because of their sexuality or gender identity.
What is the role of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying? Professor Ray Tallis (FRCP FMedSci) is the Chair of HPAD. Ray was Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford 1988-2006.