Hospice UK comments on new Macmillan research

Feb 13, 2016

Macmillan launches new research today showing that thousands of cancer patients are spending their final hours in pain.

New analysis by the charity found that nearly one in every 10 people who died with cancer in England in 2014 spent the last 48 hours of their lives without adequate pain relief.  

The research also showed that people with cancer who receive inadequate pain relief at home are twice as likely to die somewhere they did not want to, compared to those who received complete pain relief. 

Commenting on this, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy, at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said: 

“It is distressing that such a high number of people with cancer are spending their final moments in pain, simply because the right support is not available.

“We know that home is the place where most people want to die, however too many are deprived of this choice and forced to spend their last days in hospital. Hospices are working with hospitals and other care providers to ensure more people at the end of life are cared for where they prefer.

“A year ago, an independent review of choice at the end of life laid recommendations on how to improve choice and quality of care for people at the end of life. The Government is dragging its feet on this issue. We urge it to take decisive action and implement the review’s recommendations without further delay.” 

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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