Newly launched plans to improve end-of-life care in Wales set out expectations for increased training and support in primary and community care.
There should be more support for people to die in the place of their choosing and healthcare professionals should have improved communication skills to talk to patients and families regarding palliative plans, the government said.
“Preparing and planning for the end of life with the involvement of family, carers and professionals is essential to the delivery of high quality care,” said Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Service.
He added: “ We must reach into communities to support people, if they wish, to remain in their home or place of care at the end of life.”
British Medical Association (BMA) Welsh council member Tony Calland said: “There has been a very patchy service throughout Wales in the past. The best has been excellent and the less good has left people often in pain and confusion and families left to look out for themselves.
'End-of-life care is one of the fundamental services the NHS ought to provide. It is a time when people are at their most vulnerable.
The Welsh Government has aimed to reduce inequalities in end-of-life care up to 2016, especially in the hospice and social care sector.