1 July 2011
Responding to the Palliative Care Funding Review, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'We welcome the findings of the funding review especially the importance placed on ensuring people can die where they choose. In reality, this is far from the case for thousands of people with a cancer diagnosis.
'24 hour community nursing services are crucial to the delivery of choice and to the realisation of these ambitious recommendations. It is now up to the Government to ensure that these services are standard across the country. We need to see a massive improvement on the 56%  of PCTs who currently provide 24 hour community nursing to all end of life patients.
'Macmillan looks forward to supporting the pilots due to be launched as a result of this funding review.'
For further information, please contact:
Andrea Shufflebotham or Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support 020 7840 4689/0207 840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068).
Notes to Editors:
 Macmillan Cancer Support, Always There, 2010
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For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.