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Baroness Ilora Finlay delivers Cicely Saunders International Annual Lecture

Baroness Finlay LectureL-R: Professor Sir Robert Lechler;  Professor Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff; Mr John McGrath; Professor Irene Higginson.

On 4th May 2016, Professor Ilora Baroness Finlay of Llandaff delivered her lecture ‘Unintended consequences of legislation at the end of life’ to a captivated audience, at the Cicely Saunders Institute.

In her lecture, the Baroness reviewed evidence on the effects of various types of ‘assisted dying’ legislation from around the world, as well as the consequences of The Health and Social Care Act (2012) on hospice and palliative care in England. The lecture highlighted how laws influence the provision of healthcare services. Inequities in access to palliative and hospice care services across the UK, prompted the Baroness to sponsor The Access to Palliative Care Bill. She has become a vital advocate for the equitable provision of palliative care service and the advancement of education, training and research in the field.

The lecture was presented to over 200 people in 7 countries. Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director, King’s Health Partners and Vice Principal for Health, King’s College London, welcomed over 100 guests to the Cicely Saunders Institute in London, including representatives from the media, policy makers and service planners, academics, health care practitioners, patients and carers. Audiences from nine partner sites across the UK, Europe, the USA and Uganda also watched the lecture live. Partner sites included:

  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF), USA
  • African Palliative Care Association (APCA), Uganda
  • Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova IRCCS , Reggio Emilia, Italy                           
  • Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Service and The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC), Dublin
  • Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast           
  • Cardiff University, Wales
  • Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Cork
  • Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice, Oxford
  • St Catherine’s Hospice, Preston

The lecture received media coverage in The Telegraph, in an article about the need for better end of life care in the UK.

The Baroness’ lecture (as well as previous Annual Lectures) are available to watch from the Cicely Saunders Institute website.