During this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has constantly reminded us of the Corporal Works of Mercy. One of these is caring for those who are sick, and all that implies in an age of extraordinary medical advances. In the light of this, and in view of the increasingly controversial issues surrounding ‘end of life decisions’, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff has been invited to St. David’s Cathedral to give an important talk on the subject of Palliative Care. Her talk will be entitled “Does Care of the Dying mean Rationing Mercy?”.
Ilora Finlay is a Professor of Palliative Care at Cardiff University and a practising consultant at the Velindre Cancer Hospital in the city. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and Chair of Trustees of the National Council for Palliative Care.She is well known for her outstanding work particularly in the field of care for those patients living with cancer. Her talk will cover many areas including:patients and doctors;the control of pain;responsibility for decision making;necessary information;withholding and withdrawing treatment;end of life decisions.
The talk will take place at 1.15pm on Wednesday 14 September in the Mostyn Room at St. David’s Cathedral. It will be of particular value to patients and their relatives and carers, hospital chaplains and those who visit the sick. Although admission is free, it is expected that there will be a big demand for places. If you would like a ticket, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that places may be allocated on a first come first served basis.