15 March 2015
Responding to the publication of the Health Select Committee’s report into end of life care, Dr Fran Woodard, Director for England and Policy & Research at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“The message from the Health Select Committee is absolutely clear: free social care is a vital measure that can enable people to have choice over where they die. We know that the majority of people with cancer would prefer to die at home, but many are currently unable to do so – this unacceptable situation needs to urgently change.”
“Introducing free social care at the end of life will do much to prevent unwanted and often unnecessary hospital admissions, and consequently will ease the strain on already oversubscribed and expensive hospital beds.”
“This report adds to the growing chorus of voices both in Westminster and beyond who are calling for people at the end of life to get the support they so badly need. Macmillan Cancer Support now urges all political parties to reflect this consensus by committing ahead of the general election in May to introduce free social care at the end of life. This government has said it sees ‘much merit’ in the idea; the next government must urgently make it a reality.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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