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.
About the APPG
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:
- Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (Crossbench)
- Peter Gibson MP (Conservative)
- Lord Sentamu (Crossbench)
- Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour)
- Sally-Ann Hart MP (Conservative)
- Sir Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative)
- Baroness Smith of Newnham (Liberal Democrat)
Review into the lasting impact of COVID-19 on death, dying and bereavement
The APPG has now published the outcome report of its review into the lasting impact of COVID-19 on death, dying and bereavement.
The review found that the significant rise in deaths, including in people’s own homes, during the COVID-19 pandemic placed huge pressure on the health and care system and led to incidences of poor care. The sheer volume of death, alongside measures to reduce the spread of infection, resulted in extreme pressure on now exhausted health and care workers and unpaid carers.
The report makes recommendations to Government, NHS England, Integrated Care Boards, end of life care services and other actors in order to harness what the sector has learned over the past three years to improve palliative and end of life care for all.