Harsh Realities looks at how doctors, nurses, social services, and advisers take vital decisions about our lives. The third programme in the series looks at the legal minefield of assisted suicide and asks if it is ever morally acceptable for a doctor to help kill a patient. This programme is the last of three chaired by Niall Dickson, the BBC’s social affairs editor. In each programme Niall will be joined by professionals who have direct experience of the subject under discussion. In order to listen to this programme select programme 2 for audio access.
This resource offers general useful advice on the diversity between different cultures and religions. It focuses on the ways in which different cultures think about issues such as personal care, family planning, childbirth, medical intervention, as well as death and dying.
The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. People with dementia may be admitted to general hospital wards either as part of a planned procedure such as a cataract operation or following an accident such as a fall. Carers often worry about how their friend or relative will cope in such a strange environment. This advice sheet suggests ways that carers may be able to help.
Child A died of natural causes in October 2007. There was no definite conclusion that abuse or neglect were contributory factors in the death. However, agencies had been involved with A’s family in the period prior to the death. Family circumstances included adverse physical conditions of the home; the failure to attend health appointments; the serious incidents of domestic violence; and the fact that both child A’s parents had been subject to Probation Orders in the period prior to her death.
Guidance, consisting of nine separate modules, which aims to supply social care organisations with the tools and resources necessary to plan for and cope with the challenges posed by pandemic influenza.
Document explaining the End of Life Care Strategy for England which aims to improve the provision of care for all adults at the end of life, as well as their families and carers.
This was an annual paper, which provided statistics of drug-related deaths that were registered in Scotland over the period from 1996 to 2007. The figures were produced using a definition of "drug-related deaths" which was introduced in 2001 for the "baseline" figures for the UK Drugs Strategy.
Statistics of drug-related deaths in 2008 and earlier years, broken down by cause of death, selected drugs reported, age and sex. Includes three tables of figures for health board areas, and three for council areas
This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. This unit will explore how knowledge and beliefs about death and encounters with death affect people’s lives. It will also examine the concept of a ‘good death’ from an individual perspective in order to enhance the quality of dying.
This paper describes the system by which the Registrar General for Scotland collects information on drug-related deaths in Scotland and presents selected statistical information covering the period 1996 to 2001.