asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will issue guidelines to primary care trusts to make available to out-of-hours doctors lists identifying local patients who have serious long-term conditions and may need help at the end of life.
The Our health, our care, our say White Paper on community services says that by 2008 everyone with both long-term health and social care needs will be offered an integrated care plan if they want one, and that by 2010 everyone with a long-term condition will be offered a care plan. These personalised and integrated care plans will detail care and services agreed, including end-of-life care preferences. The care plan should be available to all practitioners providing direct care to the individual, including out-of-hours doctors.