9 July 2015
Commenting on the publication of 2014 data for the National Survey of Bereaved People, Adrienne Betteley, End of Life Care Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
'This new data shows we still have completely unacceptable variation in quality of care at the end of life across the country. Good quality care is vital, whether it is in a hospital, hospice or at home. Sadly, we have a long way to go if we are to achieve consistency in all settings.
'Similarly, whether someone lives in a deprived or better off area shouldn’t have a bearing on the quality of end of life care they receive, and yet this is what is being reported. It is also of great concern that a third of people are not experiencing good coordination of care between hospital and other services, when we know it plays such a crucial role for someone with cancer at the end of life.
'Today’s findings reflect issues highlighted recently by the Health Select Committee and the Ombudsman, and we urge the government to implement the recommendations from the independent choice review into end of life care that was published earlier this year.'
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