The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hospice and End of Life Care brings together MPs and Peers from across the political spectrum to campaign for high quality and accessible palliative and end of life care for all.
The group’s purpose is to:
- Raise awareness and promote the needs of adults and children living with terminal or life-limiting conditions, and their families and carers, in Parliament.
- Promote person-centred, evidence-based policies to improve end of life care in all settings, including hospices, hospitals, care homes, and in people's own homes.
Hospice UK supports the APPG as its Secretariat. The cross-party parliamentarians leading the work of the APPG include:
- Jack Dromey MP (Labour)
- Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (Crossbench)
- Peter Gibson MP (Conservative)
- Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour)
- Sally-Ann Hart MP (Conservative)
- Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)
Review into the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on death, dying and bereavement
The APPG is undertaking a review into the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on death, dying and bereavement. The goals of this inquiry are to:
- Uncover changes in the way palliative and end of life care is being, and will need to be, delivered in England following the pandemic.
- Uncover the experiences people have had of death, dying and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic and provide a platform for sharing their stories with Government.
- Understand the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on palliative and end of life care in England, and the resultant changes in care delivery, and identify solutions that cross-sector partners can implement moving forward.
- Explore the impact of the pandemic on out of hours palliative care provision especially in a crisis.
- Make recommendations to Government and the hospice and end of life care sector that ensure lessons learned during the pandemic, as well as new challenges, are not forgotten and lead to an improvement in people’s experience of death, dying and bereavement.
- Explore whether access and attitudes to palliative care changed for those people who previously had little access, such as those in socially deprived areas or where cultural barriers existed.
The deadline for written submissions is 16 November 2021. The APPG welcomes submissions of evidence to this review from as wide a range of organisations and respondents as possible. For more information on how to submit evidence to the review, read the call for written evidence here.