Commenting on the recent Estimates Day Debate on end of life care by MPs, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“This debate shone a spotlight on several critical issues that urgently need to be tackled to improve end of life care in this country. In particular, the dismal variation in the care that people receive and the lack of training for medical staff caring for people at the end of life, which both contribute to poor quality care.
“There was widespread recognition by many MPs of the enormous value of the hospice sector in providing high quality end of life care, especially through their day and home-based services, their support for family carers and sharing their expertise with the NHS. Hospice care has a great deal to offer in helping to improve end of life care across all settings.
“Following the concerns raised in the debate and the strong cross-party support for changes to improve end of life care, it is clear that the status quo cannot continue. We need a step-change on end of life care provision and the Government must act, without further delay, to implement the recommendations of the Choice Review.”
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 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.