26 June 2013
Responding to the Government’s Spending Review, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'We’re pleased the Government recognises the need to join up more health and social care services and has allocated budget for this in today’s Spending Review.
'A joined-up experience of care is especially important for people at the end of life. Too often cancer patients die in hospital because of barriers to getting social care, when they’d prefer to die at home. This is not only terribly distressing for both patients and their families but it is also extremely costly for the NHS.
'We’re calling on the Government to introduce free social care for people on an end of life care register by the end of this Parliament so that more people can die at home if they so wish.'
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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