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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.

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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:

Co-chairs:

  • Baroness Finlay of Llandaff (Crossbench)
  • Peter Gibson MP (Conservative)

Officers:

  • 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 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 announcement of the review and call for written evidence published in October 2021 can be found here

The minutes of the first oral evidence session of this review, focused on the experiences of people who have provided end of life and palliative care during the pandemic, can be found here.

The minutes of the second oral evidence session, focused on the rise in deaths in private homes during the pandemic, can be found here.  

For more information about the APPG visit parliament.uk or get in touch at policy@hospiceuk.org.