Responding to a new report published today by Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Can we live with how we’re dying?: Advancing the case for free social care at the end of life’, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at national hospice charity Help the Hospices, said:
"We completely agree there is an urgent need to reform our care system to give more people approaching the end of life greater choice and control over when and where they receive support. Access to non-means tested social care is an essential component in making this a reality.
"Far too many terminally ill people die in hospital when many have no medical need, or indeed desire to be there. More people should have access to the care and support they need, in line with their wishes and preferences, instead of hospital always being the default option.
"In addition to providing people with greater choice, this will also help reduce avoidable, costly admissions to hospitals and free up precious NHS resources for better targeted investment in community- based end of life care services, such as those provided by hospices around the country."
Notes to Editor
- Help the Hospices is the UK’s leading charity for hospice care which supports and champions the work of more than 200 hospices across the UK.
- Hospices provide vital care for people with terminal illnesses and life-limiting conditions and they also support their families.
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