Responding to the Department of Health’s review into choice in end of life care, published by The Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK said:
“The Review of Choice in End of Life Care challenges our health and care system to put people at the centre.
“Good end of life care is about much more than where someone is cared for. It is about helping people feel informed and in control, and recognising that needs and preferences are likely to change over time. We need services that are flexible and adaptable to people's needs, and the sensitivities of those close to them.
“As the report highlights, the voluntary sector is a major provider and funder of end of life care through the hospice movement. Hospice UK and other end of life care organisations have also come together to help shape future care by issuing a joint briefing for politicians ahead of the general election. But high quality and consistent care for people at the end of their life can not come from hospice and palliative care services alone. To meet the growing need within our communities, we need a new partnership between charities, the NHS and social care, and additional investment to make choice a reality for all.
“The report sets out a road map of action that should be taken to give everyone more control over their care at the end of life. We need all political parties to reflect on the recommendations and to make sure that improving end of life care is a priority for the next government, regardless of the outcome of the general election.”
Read 'What's important to me. A Review of Choice in End of Life Care'.
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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