19 October 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support today submitted its response to the consultation on the Care and Support Draft Bill  together with an open letter signed by over 7,500 supporters calling for the Government to make social care free at end of life .
Gus Baldwin, Head of Public Affairs at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Too many cancer patients are dying in hospital against their wishes. Free access to social care is key to allowing people in the last weeks and months of life to remain in their own homes and provides vital support to families in crisis.
“Macmillan has proposed how end of life reform should be included in the Government’s draft Bill and we hope this will be taken forward as the legislation is developed. We want free social care for people at the end of life to be made a reality in the lifetime of this Parliament.”
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Claire Keuls, Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307 068)
Notes to Editors:
 Department of Health (2012) Draft Care and Support Bill
 Macmillan Cancer Support (2012)
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Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The fundraisers who make it all possible.
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