Hospice UK comments on Health Select Committee inquiry on end of life care

Nov 06, 2014

Responding to the announcement that a new inquiry into palliative and end of life care will be established, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, commented:

“We are pleased this new inquiry has been established. It is much needed, particularly amidst widespread concerns about how our society cares for increasing numbers of older people living and dying with complex needs.

“A key focus for the inquiry will be on why so many people continue to die in a hospital setting. We have recently launched a new programme to tackle this problem by providing hospice-supported alternative care options. We will be sharing our plans with the inquiry to help inspire new approaches to how care is provided for people at the end of life in future.

“We also hope the inquiry will provide some added impetus to repeated calls from end of life care charities, including Hospice UK, for free social care for people in their last year of life.  Achieving this is vital to ensure more people are cared for and die in the place of their choice.

“Finally, we are keen that the inquiry also examines issues such as the continuing poor quality of commissioning of hospice and palliative care. This is something our own research highlighted earlier this year and which also needs to be tackled if we are to radically improve how palliative and end of life care is provided”.

Notes to Editor

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
  • Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
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  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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