Today the mandate for NHS England 2016-2017 is published. It includes a commitment to improve the quality of end of life care and increase choice so that more people die in the place they prefer.
Commenting on the new mandate, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK said:
“The inclusion of end of life care as a priority in the Department of Health’s new Mandate to NHS England is a highly welcome development. The pledge to ensure that more people die in the place of their choice sends a clear message that the Government is committed to improving care for dying people.
“This year report after report has highlighted that care for dying people, especially in hospitals, falls woefully short and that there is a paucity of choice when it comes to where people spend their last days. This means that hospital is often the default option for end of life care, at the expense of more appropriate, community-based options and which also creates additional pressures for already over-stretched acute care services.
“Hospices have a key role to play in helping increase choice for people at the end of life, especially given their partnerships with a wide range of care-providers and the high level of support they provide in people’s homes. We hope the Government will draw more upon hospices’ expertise as part of its wider move to expand choice in end of life care”.
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.
- Hospice UK is a member of the End of Life Care Coalition – a group seven charities that are campaigning for better end of life care. They include: Cicely Saunders International, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and Sue Ryder.
- 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.