Hospice UK responds to new research published today by the charity Marie Curie which highlights inequities in care for terminally ill people.
It includes a survey of 500 clinical professionals about standards and quality of palliative care and also research from the London School of Economics and Political Science on inequalities in access to palliative care.
Commenting on the report, David Praill, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:
“We welcome this report, which focuses attention on what urgently needs to change to improve palliative care in the UK, and also Marie Curie’s new campaign to change the national conversation about terminal illness.
“An unacceptably high number of terminally ill people are being deprived of the support they need at the end of life. There are alarming gaps in our care system, with too many instances of poorly co-ordinated palliative care and inconsistencies in how this is delivered. This report powerfully highlights the concerns of front line clinicians about standards of care, and their views reinforce the pressing need for better co-ordination between health and social care.
"Tackling inequalities in end of life care must be a priority. Around the country, hospices are taking action to reach more people in their local communities, through direct care or working with other care providers including hospitals. As part of this, hospices are working to tackle the number of people in hospital at the end of life who have no medical need to be there. Hospice UK is calling on the Government and NHS to support this work.”
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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