Today Marie Curie publishes new research highlighting that homeless people who are terminally ill are falling between cracks in services and not able to access the same level of support as others.
Commenting in response, Carole Walford, Chief Clinical Officer of national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“The fact that someone is homeless should not disadvantage and limit their access the right care; care that will meet their end of life care needs.
“Hospice UK is committed to tackling all inequality and making sure that everyone gets equal access to the best possible care at the end of their lives.
“Our Open Up Hospice Care campaign, which launched this week, is aimed at widening access to hospice care, ensuring that this is available to all. It is important that homeless people have the same access to appropriate hospice services as everyone else.”
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.
- 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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