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Nursing shortage a barrier to providing quality end-of-life care

November 3rd, 2021

‘Hidden crisis’ in dying at home amid nursing shortage, poll suggests. A survey by Nursing Standard and Marie Curie found that one in three nurses think staffing shortages are the main barrier to providing quality end-of-life care.
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End of life charity, Marie Curie has warned of a “hidden crisis” of people dying at home without sufficient support, pain relief or dignity and a shortage of nurses to provide palliative care.

One in three nurses (30%) say staffing shortages are the main barrier to providing quality end-of-life care, according to a survey of 548 nursing staff in the UK, conducted by Nursing Standard and Marie Curie. More than half (52%) said they feel the standard of care has deteriorated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The charity is raising concerns about the increased number of people dying at home and insufficient numbers of community nurses to support these people and their families.

“If more [people] are dying at home then there is a huge pressure on local district nursing teams which struggle with staffing as it is.” said one nurse.

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