Hospice UK responds to PACAC analysis of Dying Without Dignity report

Oct 29, 2015

Today the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) publishes its analysis of a recent report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) 'Dying Without Dignity'.

The PHSO report, published in May 2015, identified systemic issues affecting the quality and delivery of end of life care.

PACAC‘s analysis highlights the urgent need for “proper leadership” to achieve improvements in palliative and end of life care.

Commenting in response, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, said:

“This analysis by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee pinpoints some crucial issues that urgently need to be tackled head-on to deliver the improvements in end of life care that are desperately needed. We welcome in particular its call for stronger leadership in service delivery and wider provision of end of life care training. Both are vital if sustainable improvements are to be achieved across all care settings.

“As we have seen in  the recent CQC inspections, hospices are leading the way in the provision of high quality, compassionate end of life care. Hospices work with a wide cross-section of organisations, including hospitals and care homes, and are ideally placed to champion the changes needed to deliver good care for everyone, regardless of where they are being cared for.

“As we highlighted in our evidence to this committee, many hospices are spearheading pioneering schemes to improve people’s experiences of care such as reducing unnecessary admissions to hospital and providing alternative care options for those in hospital who wish to die at home.  We need a greater recognition of the crucial role that hospices play, as part of wider collaborative action taken to drive lasting improvements to care for terminally ill and dying people and their families.

“We look forward to the Government’s response to the review of choice in end of life care, and hope that in the forthcoming spending review the Government will commit the resources that the review recommended. Report after report has highlighted what needs to change.  We now need action to make sure that everyone gets the best possible care at the end of life.”

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 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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