29 May 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the latest report by the Nuffield Trust, ‘Reforming social care: options for funding’
Gus Baldwin, Head of Public Affairs at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Macmillan Cancer Support recognises the urgent need for reform of the funding system for social care. Too often patients are being let down at the end of life. We know that with the right support 73% of cancer patients want to die at home surrounded by their family and friends. However, often because of a breakdown between the health and social care systems, the majority continue to die in hospital.
“We want all patients who are on an end of life care register and in the final weeks of life to have access to free social care. The Government has the chance to make this happen and show their commitment to choice at the end of life in the forthcoming Social Care White Paper.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307 068)
Notes to Editors:
Nuffield Trust, Reforming social care: options for funding, 2012 http://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/publications/reforming-social-care-options-funding
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Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.