Even though, Tamil Nadu lacks a palliative care policy, the State Health Department has recently announced that palliative care will be offered at all government hospitals. Inadequate palliative care has led to the miserable condition of people who are suffering from life-threatening diseases. Palliative care aims at improving the lives of patients and their families, who are suffering from life-threatening illness by reducing the pain and aiding through physical and psychological problems for all age groups. World Health Organization (WHO) has brought up a global solution to this problem.
The state is initially planning to start palliative care services in 11 districts, where palliative care will be offered after training of doctors and staff. The policy will be initiated after the program is extended to other districts after its implementation in listed districts.