Today the charity NCPC launches a new report – Time for Action: why end of life care needs to improve and what we need to do next – which calls for a review into how end of life issues – including death, dying and bereavement – are dealt with across government.
It outlines the need for strong national leadership from the Government and says the scale and rate of change needs to be stepped up.
Commenting on the report, Dr Ros Taylor MBE, National Director for Hospice Care at Hospice UK, said:
“We support this report’s call for more action, and faster, from the new government to improve end of life care.
“We welcome in particular the report’s recommendation for more out-of-hospital care. Hospices have a huge contribution to make in helping make more community-based care a reality through their leadership, expertise and also their role co-ordinating different services.
“Too many dying people are in hospital with no clinical need to be there and many hospices are working with hospitals to provide alternative care options, including support provided in people’s own homes and in hospices.
“We hope NCPC’s report will act as a catalyst for lasting positive change and ensure that care for dying and terminally ill people becomes a much bigger national and local priority for health and care decision-makers.”
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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