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Baroness Ilora Finlay: The Annual Wade Lecture: Dying Well  Event

Baroness Ilora Finlay
18:15 - 19:30
3 March 2015
Lecture theatre 2, South Academic Block, Level B, Southampton General Hospital

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Event details

The Annual Wade Lecture, 'Dying Well', is to be presented by The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Professor Ilora Finlay as part of the Southampton Clinical Research Conference

About the lecture

There is recent evidence that patients in the US are dying less well now than they did ten years ago. This lecture will explore why that might be, what the pressures are on healthcare in this country and how care of the dying in the UK today can be improved within the NHS system.

There is only ‘one chance to get it right’, in terms of care of a dying person. Those close to the person carry their experience of bereavement throughout the rest of their lives. The impact on children can be devastating, blighting their future if they are not supported at this critical time.

Pressures in society towards physician assisted suicide are resisted by the great majority of doctors who find it incompatible to be providing all efforts in care while also being part of a person’s suicide. In the lecture, such conflicts will be explored and possible alternatives discussed.

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About the speaker

Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff FRCP, FRCGP, FMedSci, FHEA, FLSW

President of the British Medical Association the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Baroness Ilora Finlay is an internationally renowned expert in palliative medicine and care of the dying.

She is Palliative Care Lead in Wales, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Honorary Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine. She chaired the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Commission on Medical Generalism, the APPG Inquiry into Carbon Monoxide poisoning and its recent follow-up inquiry.

As a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords (since 2001), she has served on key committees including: Science and Technology, Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill, and Public Services and Demographic Change. She introduced the Smoking in Public Places (Wales) Bill, took the Sunbeds Act through the Lords and led the re-instigation of the post of the Chief Coroner.

She has also recently influenced the ban on smoking in cars with children present, standardised tobacco packaging, and compassionate leave for those caring for bereaved children when in receipt of universal credit.

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