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Palliative care numbers will double

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017
The review will be undertaken by the Ministry of Health in consultation with a palliative care advisory panel. © Reuters The review will be undertaken by the Ministry of Health in consultation with a palliative care advisory panel.

The number of people needing palliative care is predicted to more than double over the next 20 years and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has launched a review to look for better ways to meet the need.

He says recently published research predicts an increase of 51 per cent, from 24,680 in 2016 to more than 37,000 in 2038.

"A major focus will be responding to feedback from people receiving palliative care and their families," he said.

"There will also be an increased emphasis on primary palliative care being provided by all health care professionals caring for a person, with the support of palliative care specialists."

The review will be undertaken by the Ministry of Health in consultation with a palliative care advisory panel.

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