24 September 2014
Today Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced at the Labour Party conference that the party would introduce the right for people at the end of life to die at home if it forms the next government, along with a package of measures to help carers. Ellie Rose, Public Affairs Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We welcome the plans announced today by the Labour Party, which would help to give every person with a terminal illness in this country the choice to die at home if they wish. Every day around 100 cancer patients die in expensive hospital beds when they wanted to be at home. This is both morally wrong and a scandalous waste of precious NHS resources.
“Making social care free to those at the end of life will be an important part of delivering this commitment. It gives people with cancer a choice at the end of life, reduces pressure on hospital wards and crucially can help to ease the relentless strain on their carers.
“Macmillan is calling on the other political parties to follow suit and commit to implementing free social care at the end of life if elected at the next general election so that everyone with a terminal cancer diagnosis will be able to die at home if they want to.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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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