2 July 2014
Yesterday [Tuesday 1st July] the Government announced a review to look at how to introduce a national choice offer for people at the end of life. Responding to the announcement, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are delighted the Government has launched a review looking into how to improve choice for people at the end of life.
“Currently, thousands of cancer patients are dying in hospital, at great expense to the NHS, when they want to be able to die in the comfort of their own home surrounded by their loved ones – this is heartbreaking and cannot continue.
“The review is a fantastic opportunity to identify what needs to happen to ensure that all people have the right support in place to allow them to have the death that they want. Improving access to 24/7 community nursing and providing free social care support for people who want to die at home are both crucial to making this happen.
“People need to be given a real choice about where they die and we look forward to working with the review to make this a reality.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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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