8 October 2015
Responding to the BMJ’s article titled 'Is home always the best and preferred place of death?' , Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“There should always be an emphasis on enabling high quality care and personal choice at the end of life, whatever the setting. Sadly we know that not everybody who wishes to die at home is able to do so because of a lack of support, meaning that people end up in hospital against their wishes. Similarly, for people who would prefer to die in hospitals, it is equally vital they also have access to the right care.
“Care and support services need to be focused around what is important to the person and those close to them, whether this is place of care, symptom control or decisions around treatment. An independent review published earlier this year highlighted the importance of choice at the end of life and identified some ways of enabling this, such as systems that ensure people’s preferences at the end of life are recorded.
“It is crucial that the government fully funds these recommendations in next month’s comprehensive spending review. Without this funding, end of life care cannot be improved, and expensive hospital beds will continue to be filled by people who do not want, and often do not need to be there.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. The BMJ article 'Is home always the best and preferred place of death?' can be found online here: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4855
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