Today the Care Quality Commission (CQC) publishes a new report, 'A different ending: addressing inequalities in end of life care'.
The report highlights concerns about the quality of end of life care for people from a range of equality groups – such as people with dementia and those with a learning disability – and examines the barriers that prevent them from receiving high quality, joined up care at the end of their life.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“Everyone approaching the end of life in the UK, no matter who they are, should receive high quality, well co-ordinated care. However, as the CQC’s report highlights too many people and their families, by virtue of their ethnicity, identity or personal circumstances, are either missing out on the vital support they need, or receiving sub-standard care.
“As providers, funders and leaders of end of life care services, hospices are uniquely placed to help end inequalities in end of life care in the UK. They have a well deserved reputation for providing high quality compassionate care and can employ their expertise and their strong links with their local communities to champion an equality-driven approach to end of life care.
“Many hospices have made considerable progress in expanding access to their services and ensuring that the needs of people across their diverse local communities are better supported, particularly for people with dementia, those from black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and homeless people.
“However, there is still much more to do. Hospice UK is committed to working with hospices and others to make sure that everyone gets access to the best available care and support 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.
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