6 October 2015
Commenting on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s report into end of life care, Adrienne Betteley, end of life care programme lead, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“While it is obviously welcome that this country fares well in comparison to others, we must not slip into complacency. The demand for palliative and end of life care will continue to grow in this country, and our system will not be able to cope with this increase as it is. We know that too many people in England don’t have choice at the end of life; the majority of people with cancer in this country would prefer to die at home, but too few are able to because of an absence of available support.
“We also know that people at the end of life often lack coordinated care, meaning people end up in hospital when they have no medical need to be there, causing a significant strain on the NHS.”
“Next month’s comprehensive spending review is a crucial moment for palliative care in this country. The government must fund the recommendations of the independent review into choice at the end of life, such as a record of people’s end of life preferences, and access to fast and free social care. Without it we risk much needed progress stalling.”
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