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Andalusian government announces improvements to palliative care

  • Junta president Juanma Moreno (PP) said that euthanasia in cases of terminally ill patients signified a "failure" of the public health service

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno (PP), said that euthanasia in cases of terminally ill patients signified a "failure" of the palliative care services offered by the public health service.

During this term of office, he said, his government plans to "expand and strengthen" palliative care, making sure it is available in all corners of the Andalusian health service and to all ages.

"We're going to work seriously on this," he said, "There is room for significant improvement."

His words came in response to the debate sparked last week by the case of Ángel Hernández, who was arrested for helping his terminally ill wife to die in Madrid.

In 2010 Andalucía became the first Spanish region to introduce a death with dignity law, which enables people to leave a "living will" to request not to be kept alive by artificial means in terminal cases.