15 May 2014
Responding to the National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“It’s simply unacceptable that so many people are being denied a ‘good’ death because the quality of care in some hospitals is poor.
“This audit highlights a catalogue of problems with end-of-life care in too many hospitals. Often doctors are failing to communicate properly with patients and their carers, patients’ spiritual and emotional needs are neglected and patients are not always getting complete pain relief.
“Hospitals and commissioners must take heed of these findings and work hard to improve the quality and provision of end of life care services in hospitals.
“In addition, much more needs to be done to allow people to die outside of hospital if they so choose. To help achieve this, Macmillan Cancer Support is urging this Government to make social care free for people at the end of their life. This would enable more people to die at home which we know is what the majority of patients want.”
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
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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.
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