Government responds to the Health Select Committee’s report on end of life care

Oct 15, 2015

The Government has today released its response to the Health Select Committee’s report on end of life care in England.

Commenting on the Government’s response, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK said:

“We welcome the Government’s response to the Health Select Committee’s report on end of life care, and its recognition of what has been achieved and what urgently still needs to be done. More than two million people in England will die before the next general election: half of all these people will die in hospital beds despite hospital being the preferred place for just 3% of people, and many having no clinical need to be there.

“This is an issue that unites us all and there is a clear consensus on what to do. The independent Review of Choice in End of Life Care was published earlier this year and provides us all with a roadmap to improve the care, support and choice for dying people through establishing a ‘national choice offer’. The recent Ambitions Framework for Palliative and End of Life Care also gives stakeholders a detailed plan for the changes needed at a local level. At a local level, hospices are ideally placed to help the health and care system put these plans into action.

“But improving end of life care for all also requires national leadership and investment, and the Government has an important part to play in achieving this. The Spending Review on 25 November is an opportunity for the Government to show their commitment to delivering better care by making the investment that the Choice Review recommended. This would help deliver the much needed improvements in end of life care for all, and is an opportunity that should not be missed.”

 Download the Government’s response.

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.
  • For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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Please contact Stephen Clark on 020 7520 8224 or by email at s.clark@hospiceuk.org. For out of hours media enquiries please call 07881 940 318.

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