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Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the commitment contained in the White Paper, “Our health, Our care, Our say”, for training all staff who look after people at the end of their lives, will incorporate staff working in care homes. (92270)

The programme of action outlined in “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say” sets out a clear direction for end of life care, which will deliver increased choice to all patients, regardless of their age or condition, about where they live and die, and provide them with the support to make this possible. The continuation of the current end of life care programme is a key part of this wider plan of action. The end of life care programme is providing training to staff in all settings, including care homes, in the principles of palliative and end of life care.