Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Dying without dignity inquiry

Inquiry status: open

From time to time, the Committee looks at the reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) as part of its ongoing scrutiny of the PHSO. This is usually done in a single evidence session.

About the inquiry

This short inquiry looks at 'Dying without dignity', the PHSO's May 2015 report, which highlights six key themes seen in the PHSO's casework involving end of life care:

  • Not recognising that people are dying, and not responding to their needs
  • Poor symptom control
  • Poor communication
  • Inadequate out-of-hours service
  • Poor care planning
  • Delays in diagnosis and referrals for treatment

The Committee will hold a single evidence session focusing on the report’s findings and on the actions being taken to address the issues raised in the report.

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