Marie Curie has released new survey data showing that more than half (53%) of people over 50 in the UK are not confident they will get the care they need towards the end of their life.
Responding to the report, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK said:
“Reports like this send a strong message – everyone should be able to expect the best possible care towards the end of their lives and crucially, no one should suffer anxiety and fear about whether the care they need will be available to them.
“This issue unites us all. Hospice UK is adding its voice to Marie Curie’s, and those of the End of Life Care Campaign organisations, in appealing to the Government to implement in full the recommendations of the independent Review of Choice in End of Life Care. This provides us with a roadmap to improve the care, support and choice for dying people through establishing a ‘national choice offer’ by 2020, backed up by an investment of £130 million a year over the course of this parliament.
“The Spending Review later this month will be a key test of the Government’s commitment to delivering better end of life care, including for the estimated 92,000 people in England who currently do not receive the care they need and that they should be able to access.”
Find out more on Marie Curie's blog and read 'The way we die now' - a collection of stories that highlight inconsistencies in 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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