Today (9 June) the charity Marie Curie publishes a new report which highlights the barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in getting support at the end of life.
The report, entitled 'Hiding who I am: exposing the reality of end of life care for LGBT people', shows that three-quarters of LGBT people are not confident that health and social care services provide sensitive end of life care for their needs.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“It is concerning that many LGBT people living with a terminal illness are either delaying seeking the care they need, or missing out completely. Everyone approaching the end of life in the UK, no matter who they are, should receive high quality care. This report is a wake-up call to care providers to tackle discrimination, whether ingrained in their practices, or inadvertently part of organisational culture.
“Some hospices are working to make their services more inclusive and better attuned to the needs of LGBT people but we know that much more needs to be done to break down barriers.
“Hospice UK is committed to supporting hospices 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.
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
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