8 April 2015
Responding to the new London School of Economics and Marie Curie report on palliative care, Gus Baldwin, Head of Public Affairs at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“This report is further evidence that more needs to be done across the board to ensure everyone receives high quality, well coordinated end of life care.
“Choice at the end of life should be an integral aspect to everybody’s experience, but for far too many it isn’t. We know that approximately 220,000 people with cancer will die in hospital in England over the next five years having said they wanted to die at home. That is why Macmillan Cancer Support welcomes the findings of the recently published review into choice at the end of life and looks forward to seeing the next Government implement its recommendations.
“We know that the majority of people at the end of life would prefer to die at home. Free social care could play a major role in enabling that to happen. Macmillan is calling on all political parties to commit to introducing free social care for people at the end of life ahead of the general election. We look forward to working with the next Government to ensure that improving end of life care is an absolute priority.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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