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[Correspondence] Palliative care and access to medicines for healthy ageing

We read with interest the World report on ageing and health (May 21, p 2145)by John Beard and colleagues.1 We commend WHO for undertaking such a comprehensive and much needed report. We express concern, however, that the Health Policy paper, with a detailed section on multimorbidity and geriatric frailty, makes no mention of palliative care for older people as an essential element of a life-course approach. Any life-course approach and healthy ageing strategies must include palliative care to maximise wellbeing, particularly for older people suffering from the multiple conditions enumerated in the paper.

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