18 July 2011
Following the publication of the Commissioning End of Life: Act & Early report by the National Council for Palliative Care today, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy of Macmillan Cancer Support, comments:
“We agree wholeheartedly with the report’s advice that new commissioners need to prioritise early action on end of life care. Far too many cancer patients are dying in hospital against their wishes. It is unacceptable that nearly half  of all Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are still not providing the necessary out of hours care to enable people to die at home. Without the right support, this experience can be traumatic for patients and their families.
“The most important aspect to delivering quality end of life care is by providing access to 24/7 community nursing. It significantly reduces emergency hospital admissions and enables patients to fulfil their end of life care wishes. It is vital that all new commissioners make community nursing a reality so that people who wish to die at home with the right level of expert care are able to do so.”
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Ross, Senior Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4722 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Macmillan Cancer Support, Always There, 2010
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