Research published today by Marie Curie estimates that 57,000 people who are terminally ill, or progressing to a terminal stage in their condition, are not getting timely home terminal-care support.
It found fewer than a third (28 per cent) of NHS
clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) hit national targets on providing fast-track Continuing Healthcare (CHC) support within 48 hours.
Of the two-thirds missing the target, a third (32 per cent) of CCG
s reported patients waited more than a week, with some areas even reporting two week waits for this support.
Responding to this research, our Director of Advocacy and Change, Jonathan Ellis, says:
"This report shines a light on the wide variation in access to fast track Continuing Healthcare funding for people at the end of their lives. The fast-track process is meant to ensure that people are assessed and receive the support they need quickly, but this is not achieved consistently across the country.
"This means that people and their families face unnecessary uncertainty and worry at the very end of life. As the Department of Health reviews the guidance for Continuing Healthcare, it is vital that this variation is tackled and that everyone gets the care and support that they are entitled to in a timely way."
You can read more about the report's findings here