Press release

The King's Fund response to the NHS long-term plan

This is an ambitious plan that includes a number of commitments which – if delivered – will improve the lives of many people. NHS leaders should be applauded for focusing on improving services outside hospitals and moving towards more joined-up, preventative and personalised care for patients. But some significant pieces of the jigsaw are still missing, and there should be no illusions about the scale of the challenge ahead.
Press release

Doctors are no better than patients at facing up to personal end-of-life care decisions

Family doctors would welcome more support in helping them talk to patients about death and dying. A survey by The King's Fund found that three out of four GPs agree that as professionals they have an integral role in end-of-life care and that they should be actively encouraging patients to plan for how they want to be cared for when they die. But at the same time, almost half (48 per cent) said they would value some support to help them deal with patients who are at the end of their lives.