Policy and advocacy articles

Commentary and analysis from the Hospice UK policy and advocacy team on key policies and campaigns related to hospice care.

  • Dec 11, 2013
    The Dementia Challenge - ehospice article
    One in three people over the age of 65 dies with dementia. It is estimated that almost 700,000 people in England have the condition and that this will rise to around a million people by 2020. Dementia costs the UK economy £23 billion a year, and this figure will inevitably rise as our population ages and the number of people living with dementia increases.
  • Dec 10, 2013
    Palliative care as a human right - ehospice article
    Today’s Human Rights Day marks the 65th anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While prominent sections of the political and media establishment are sceptical at best about the effects of the Human Rights Act (HRA), a rights based approach is becoming increasingly important in health and social care, and could help drive the personalisation and integration of palliative and end of life care in the UK.
  • Oct 31, 2013
    Are You Concerned About the Availability of Hospice Care in the Future? - Huffington Post article
    Are you concerned about the availability of hospice care in the future? Does the need for hospice care seem a distant reality to you? Or is it something you have thought about and which you or your loved ones might need one day?
  • Oct 10, 2013
    The impact of Britain’s ageing population on local authorities - ehospice article
    Robert Melnitschuk from Help the Hospices highlights the key role for local authorities in end of life care. Is end of life care a priority in your local area? I hope so, but if not, it is set to become much more important in the future because of Britain’s changing demographics.
  • Oct 09, 2013
    Government announces plans to fast-track social care for terminally ill - ehospice article
    The government has introduced an amendment to the Care Bill that would help ensure people at the end of their life have access to the social care they need sooner rather than later. It would allow local authorities to meet an adult’s needs for social care without having to carry out a needs assessment or a financial assessment if they are ‘terminally ill’. Robert Melnitschuk of Help the Hospices and Scott Sinclair of Marie Curie write for ehospice about the work their organisations have been doing around the Care Bill.

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