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Palliative Care

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 135942, tabled on 11 January 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what number and proportion of NHS hospitals provide face-to-face palliative care seven days a week.

Answered on

20 January 2021

According to the second round of the National Audit of Care at the End of Life 2019/2020, which was conducted in 2019, 99% of participating hospitals reported that they had access to a specialist palliative care service. More than a third of participating hospitals or 36% reported this to include a face-to-face specialist palliative care service available eight hours a day, seven days a week and 86% of participating hospitals reported having access to specialist palliative care service by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Department of Health and Social Care