18 Jun 2018

More palliative care workers needed before age crisis hits

From Morning Report, 8:24 am on 18 June 2018

The palliative care sector is warning of an looming crisis for the ageing population, as not enough people are being trained in end-of-life care. Ministry of Health data shows in the next 20 years the number of people dying in New Zealand is expected to increase by 50 percent - or 45 thousand each year, and by 2068 that number will hit 55,000. Palliative care providers say we've got so good at keeping people alive - we're forgetting how to let them die.