7 October 2014
Today the Liberal Democrats voted in favour of introducing free social care for people on an end of life care register at their party conference. Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We welcome today’s vote in favour of free social care for people at the end of life becoming official policy at the Liberal Democrat party conference. This would help put a stop to the scandal of thousands of people with cancer dying in hospital beds when they want to be at home.
“Social care supports people at the end of life and their carers by providing help with essential tasks like getting out of bed and cooking meals. However accessing it can be both costly and bureaucratic. Scrapping the means test would allow more people to be cared for in their homes or in the community, reducing unnecessary pressure on hospital wards and saving the NHS money.
“Macmillan is calling on the Liberal Democrats and all other political parties to commit to introducing free social care for people at the end of life in their manifestos. Every person with terminal cancer deserves the support to die at home if that is their final wish.”
For further information, please contact:
Claire Keuls, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4872 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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