Today Macmillan Cancer Support publishes new estimates showing that nearly 144,000 people a year in England are expected to die of cancer by 2020 – which equates to one person dying of the condition every four minutes.
The estimates are based on recent population projections from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and past trends in cancer deaths from Public Health England.
Macmillan is calling on the Government to invest in end of life care and fully fund the recommendations proposed in last year’s independent review of choice at the end of life.
Commenting in response, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“These new estimates from Macmillan are worrying and highlight the immense pressures on end of life care.
“Everyone with a life-limiting condition must be able to receive high quality care, whatever their condition and wherever they are supported. Expanding care options is critical to meeting people’s needs and also reducing pressures on the NHS. Too many terminally ill people are cared for in hospital, with no clinical need to be there, who would be much better supported by a hospice or at home.
“Things cannot continue as they are. The Government must take action to improve end of life care for all, as recommended by the review of choice in end of life care. Without action, current pressures on end of life care will only worsen as people live and die with increasingly complex needs at the end of their lives.”
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.