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Round up: debating ethics & empowering communities to care

Here are the blogs and podcasts that got us thinking this week. What do you make of them? Add your comments below or share your favourite pieces from the week.

If it’s everyone’s business, let’s make a plan – Pamela Levack, Medical Director at the charity PATCH, makes the case for joint working in palliative care and showcases recent success in Scotland.

It’s time to incorporate social needs into patient care – US-based Rocco Perla argues for social needs to be more regularly identified and addressed in the healthcare sector.

Permanent vegetative state: withdrawing nutrition and hydration – in this episode of BBC Radio 4’s Inside the Ethics Committee, Prof Lynne Turner-Stokes, Prof Celia Kitzinger and barrister Victoria Butler-Cole, wrestle with the ethics of withdrawing nutrition and hydration from patients with no prospect of recovering from a vegetative state.

A radical approach to end of life care – UCL clinical fellow Rammya Mathew and Kate Birrell from the CQC outline a strategy for improving end of life care that sees society taking collective responsibility for care of the dying.

GPs should be a gateway to social care and support services – the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Ewan King shares the results of a number of schemes that offer patients better access to community-based care and support

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