THE county council has adopted a set of new principles for when dealing with people who are dying, their families and carers.
The ‘Good Death Charter’ and ‘Statement of Commitment to Carers’ was signed at County Hall by council chairman, Coun Jim Smith, and chairwoman of the scrutiny working group, Coun Eileen Armstrong, along with Professor Edwin Pugh, of the North East Advisory Committee and representatives of health, social care and voluntary organisations who were involved in the review.
Coun Smith said: “Northumberland County Council’s overall aim is for this work to form the basis for building a compassionate community to help people retain control, privacy, dignity and choice until the end of their lives.
“By working together we found out how people in our community want to be supported at the end of their life.”
The review involved a combination of research, events and visits to local palliative care facilities and hospices.
Stakeholders worked together to explore the current levels of need, spending and resources available.
Professor Pugh said: “It is a privilege for me to be part of the council’s initiative to adopt and create real the principles of the Good Death Charter.”