20 May 2015
Responding to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report into end of life care in England, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“This report highlights a catalogue of dispiriting, avoidable failings that cause great distress to people at the end of life and their families. The report cites heartbreaking examples of a lack of choice at the end of life that are totally unacceptable.
“Most people with cancer would prefer to die at home, but only a minority are currently able to do so because of an absence of available care and support in their homes. Families and friends should never feel alone and unsupported when looking after their loved ones at such a difficult time.
“If we are to improve the current situation we will have to see a dramatic improvement in coordination of care, and greater integration of health and social care. Earlier this year the Health Select Committee strongly recommended free social care for people at the end of life, which is a measure we would urge the new government to give careful consideration, as it will allow people their dying wish to stay at home, as well as reduce expensive, unnecessary emergency admissions.
“We would also urge the government to implement the recommendations of the independent Choice Review in End of Life Care published earlier in the year.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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