Hospice UK responds to new analysis highlighting inconsistent palliative care provision

Mar 01, 2017

Jonathan Ellis response to BMJ report
Today new analysis has been published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care highlighting inconsistent provision of palliative and end-of-life care and showing that this care is not being considered as core services by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in some parts of England.

A team led by Professor Baroness Ilora Finlay, a cross-bench peer and Chair of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), sent freedom of information requests to all 209 CCGs across England in 2015 to assess their commissioning of palliative and end-of-life care services.

Commenting in response, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, said:

“Hospices play a vital role in meeting people's needs and have much to offer in making sure people get the right end of life care, day or night.

“However, we can only achieve this if improving end of life care is a local priority and services are appropriately recognised and commissioned to meet people's needs.

“Many Clinical Commissioning Groups work closely with their local hospices, but we still need to see local health bodies take more responsibility and prioritise end of life care if we are to achieve the Government’s commitment.”

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