26 June 2014
Responding to the publication of the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People’s system-wide response: One Chance to Get it Right, Adrienne Betteley End of Life Care Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“It’s absolutely vital that people approaching the end of their life receive the highest quality of care and support and are able to die well, no matter who they are or where they live. It’s simply unacceptable that people have not always received the quality of care they need and deserve in the last days and hours of life and we must ensure these experiences are not repeated in the future.
“Everyone with a role in end of life care must now work together and put this right and ensure no one is denied a ‘good death.’ We know there are many examples of good end of life care but we need to make sure this happens consistently for every person.
“The five Priorities for Care for Dying People aims to help deliver compassionate care, which is truly tailored to people’s needs and ensure there is open and honest communication between health professionals, the dying person and their families, which is fundamental to helping people experience a good death. Macmillan Cancer Support is committed to supporting the five Priorities of Care for Dying People to help deliver real improvements in services and greater choice for people approaching the end of life.”
For further information, please contact:
Emma Guise, Head of Media, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4790 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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