The right to life is at the top of the hierarchy of fundamental human rights. After the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, this right will become even more important. At the same time, it is to be hoped that it will not be exposed to even greater problems: political, institutional, and legal. An integral and inseparable part of this right is palliative care. The ECtHR delivered a judgment on this in 2002 as well. The author talks about the social, political, and legal aspects of palliative care and places it at the center of the future short-term priorities of Slovenia and other EU member states. He strongly emphasizes that the right to live with dignity, the right to a dignified last period of life, and, consequently, the right to effective and high-quality palliative care must be much better protected than it was during a pandemic. Also, but not only, because during the official pandemic it became clear how fragile this right is and that the palliative care system is not properly regulated (medically, ethically, and legally).
Keywords: the right to life; dying with dignity; palliative care; positive legal obligations of the state; quality of public health.
Cite as / Citirajte kot: Teršek, A.,2020. Let us not neglect or even put it aside: palliative care as an integral part of the right to life and dignified end of life. Obzornik zdravstvene nege, 54(4), 272−278. https://doi.org/10.14528/snr.2020.54.4.3054