20 May 2016
9th May 2016
Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report on end of life care, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Everybody should have access to compassionate, joined-up end of life care and have their last wishes fulfilled regardless of their ethnicity, sexual orientation or age. This report reveals that at the moment this is simply not the case.
“We know that end of life care for people dying of cancer is far from fixed, with thousands of people each year spending their final days in pain, and not being able to die at home if they want to. This report lays bare some of the startling variation that is experienced in end of life care across the country. It is particularly troubling that some of the most vulnerable people in our society may not be able to access the care and support they need at such an important time. Anybody who is struggling and needs advice and information around end of life care should call the Macmillan Support Line.
“The government committed in their General Election manifesto to improve end of life care. And yet, a year on we haven’t seen clear progress. The government must respond to the independent review into choice in end of life care published last year and set out how it will put into action recommendations, such as better access to out of hours community services, which will help address the issues highlighted in today’s report.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
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