23 July 2014
Responding to an announcement today by Help the Hospices calling on the Government to back a scheme to reduce the number of people dying unnecessarily in hospital, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It is crucial the Government understands the needs of people at the end of life and puts in place the support they need so that they can spend their last few days or weeks in the place of their choosing. An estimated 36,000 people with cancer die in hospital each year when they would have preferred to have died at home, so this is a hugely important issue.
“Macmillan Cancer Support strongly urges the Government to implement free social care at end of life. Not only would this help enable thousands of people with terminal conditions to die where they would like, but we estimate it could save the NHS up to £345 million a year. The moral and financial arguments for free social care at end of life have been made. The question is whether or not the Government decides to do something about it.”
For further information, please contact:
Alex Wentworth, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2015 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1 Macmillan Cancer Support (2014), Can we live with how we’re dying? – Advancing the case for free social care at the end of life
2 Macmillan Cancer Support (2014), Can we live with how we’re dying? – Advancing the case for free social care at the end of life
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