20 May 2016
20th May 2016
Responding to a report by Hospice UK (‘A low priority? How local health and care plans overlook the needs of dying people’) which shows that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) don’t have plans for those at the end of life, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is unacceptable that in certain areas in England people who are dying will not get the care they need because those who are responsible at a local level do not have adequate plans in place. Everyone should be able to get personal care and support no matter where they live.
“For people with cancer, we’re already facing a deeply worrying situation with around 12,500 people a year dying in pain. With the number of people dying with the disease increasing year on year, the situation is only going to get worse. It is critical that concrete plans are put in place urgently to ensure people can access support within the community as well as in hospital, and are able to get the personalised care they need. This means those dying of cancer get the best treatment and care, and it will also reduce the strain on the NHS.”
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Jones, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2453 (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.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk