Health Select Committee calls for free social care at the end of life

After conducting a full inquiry into end of life care, the influential cross-party Health Select Committee has made a series of powerful recommendations that reinforce our joint campaign. The Committee strongly recommended the introduction of free social care for people at the end of life, 24/7 end of life care for those outside hospital and better care coordination. In addition the committee highlighted the significant gaps in data collection and how this has limited improvement in service delivery, and called for more research into palliative and end of life care. These issues have been at the very heart of our campaign and we are pleased that the Committee has recognised the importance of the need for better end of life care. We now hope all political parties will include free and fast social care for people at the end of life in their forthcoming manifestos, and recognise the critical need for improvements to end of life care.

To read our individual statements please follow the links below:

Hospice UK: http://www.hospiceuk.org/media-centre/press-releases/details/2015/03/15/hospice-uk-responds-to-health-select-committee-report-on-end-of-life-care

Macmillan: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Aboutus/News/Latest_News/MACMILLANCANCERSUPPORTRESPONDSTOHEALTHSELECTCOMMITTEEREPORTONENDOFLIFE.aspx

Marie Curie Cancer Care: http://www2.mariecurie.org.uk/en-GB/Media/Press-releases-and-comments/Marie-Curie-response-to-the-Health-Select-Committee-report-on-end-of-life-care/

MND Association: https://www.facebook.com/mndcampaigns/posts/10153240169915086

National Council for Palliative Care: http://www.ncpc.org.uk/news/health-committee-report-end-life-care-comment-national-council-palliative-care

Sue Ryder: 15.03.15 – Sue Ryder welcomes the key recommendations outlined in the Health Select Committee report on End of Life Care – Final