Today the Government publishes its report One Year On: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care.
It sets out work undertaken since the publication of its national commitment on end of life care, last year to ensure everyone is able to receive high quality care that reflects their individual needs, choices and preferences.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of the national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“While significant progress has been made in some areas on improving access and provision of palliative and end of life care services, the pace of delivery needs to step up across the health and care system if everyone is to be able to access good quality, timely care at the end of life.
“In addition, there is an urgent need for more investment in community-based hospice and palliative care services. Community-based services ensure people and their families are supported together and can also prevent costly and distressing admissions to hospital. The need for such services will increase as we live longer and die with increasing complex needs.
“We acknowledge the commitment shown by Government and the wider care system to improve access and provision of palliative and end of life care, but this needs to be backed up by the resources to deliver a lasting difference to care for adults and children with terminal and life-limiting conditions, and their families.”
Notes to Editor:
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care
- 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 @hospiceuk
- 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.
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