26 March 2015
Responding to newly released data from the Office of Nationals Statistics’ National Survey of Bereaved People (VOICES), Adrienne Betteley, End of Life Care Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“This new data shows there is still an unacceptable level of variation in terms of choice for people at the end of life across the country. It is deeply worrying, for example, that people are significantly more likely to die in the place of their choosing in East Anglia (59%) compared with Greater Manchester (49%). The overall picture is bleak, with only around half of people being able to die in their preferred place (54%).
“Everybody at the end of life should have their preferences recorded, and more importantly, fulfilled. Choice should be integral to everybody’s end of life plans, and not something determined by the inaccessibility or absence of services to support people at home.
“We know that most people with cancer would prefer to die at home, and having access to free social care is crucial in enabling people to do so. More people dying at home will also mean less strain on expensive NHS beds. Ahead of the general election, we call on all political parties to commit to introducing free social care for people at the end of life.”
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.
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