Today the NHS Long Term Plan is published by NHS England.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“The NHS Long Term Plan sets out an ambitious vision for improving healthcare in England over the coming decade and we will hope it will deliver on its aims. The challenge will be putting this into action at a local level.
“While the Plan’s focus on prevention and cure is crucial, delivering compassion, comfort and promoting patients’ wellbeing are just as important, particularly for people with life-limiting and terminal conditions. Hospices play a key role in maintaining quality of life for people with palliative care needs, including through day hospice services, which are critical in supporting their independence.
“Given the immense challenges the NHS faces in supporting the needs of the UK’s ageing population and the growing demand for hospice care, we are very glad to see the NHS’s stated intention to work with voluntary sector partners, including hospices, to improve end of life care.
“We also welcome the Plan’s focus on out-of-hospital care and greater investment in community services. This will help address the ‘revolving door’ that many people approaching the end of life face who are often admitted needlessly to hospital.
“Finally, we hope the NHS Long Term Plan will soon be followed by plans to radically improve social care. The needs of people with life-limiting conditions are complex and multi-faceted and will not be addressed by the NHS alone. They require services across health and social care, the public and voluntary sectors, to work together in an integrated way to provide support.”
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care.
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