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Discovering palliative care in Kerala by Athira Unni

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Read this great account from a student who spent time this summer in the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala. Huge thanks to Athira Unni for allowing us to post this piece from her own blog, which can be found at: And thanks to Suresh Kumar for making the introduction.   This summer I met… Continue reading

Cicely Saunders, the 1960s and the USA – by David Clark

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Modern activists in palliative and end of life care work increasingly in a global context, where international links and collaborations have been become a regular feature of day to day activity. But it was not always the case. The early pioneers lived in an era before the internet and instant electronic communication. It is interesting… Continue reading

A salute to Derek Doyle – by David Clark

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Derek Doyle 9 July 2014

I am delighted to report that Dr Derek Doyle  received the award of Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Glasgow at a graduation ceremony on our Dumfries Campus, on 9 July. The award was made by the University Chancellor, Professor Sir Kenneth Calman. It was a special moment for the two of them,… Continue reading

American hospice and Medicare

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Medicare in the USA

  The USA is the only country in the world that has developed a full scale ‘for profit’ system specifically to provide care in the last months of life. This hospice ‘industry’ has expanded considerably in recent years and generated significant financial surpluses for shareholders in the process.  It is attracting a lot of interest… Continue reading