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D Doyle
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Volume 35: Issue 3: 2005




In 1987 the UK became the first country in the world to make palliative medicine  a  subspecialty, to  be  followed  by  Australia, Hong  Kong, New  Zealand, Poland, Romania, Singapore, and Taiwan.  Eighteen years later there are, in the UK, 310 consultant specialists, 161 SpRs, 6 professorial chairs, increasing research and palliative medicine is taught in all medical schools. This paper looks at the history of  the  subspecialty,  the  criteria  that  had  to  be  met  for  specialist  status, developments in palliative care provision in the UK and the challenges facing the young specialty, and those undergoing training.