Coalition of charities calls for support for Access to Palliative Care Bill

2 February 2016
A coalition of seven leading charities has given its support to the Access to Palliative Care Bill, which reaches the committee stage in the House of Lords today. The Bill, introduced by Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, Chair of the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), would:


  • Require clinical commissioning groups to ensure that health and social care providers deliver appropriate support to people with palliative care needs, such as access to pain and symptom control.
  • Require clinical commissioning groups to ensure that specialist palliative care services are available to people with palliative care needs, and to co-operate with commissioners and health and social care providers to deliver specialist services in an integrated manner.
  • Compel Health Education England to ensure that health and social care providers train all employees working as a healthcare professional in palliative care; and that the importance of pain control and palliative care is appropriately included in training for individuals who are working or are anticipated to work in health or social care.
  • Ensure that specialist palliative care teams have the ability to participate in relevant research to advance innovations, and keep their employees aware of new methods in palliative care.
  • Place a responsibility on the Care Quality Commission to evaluate the provision of palliative care when it conducts an inspection of a service provider.

The heads of the seven charities – Cicely Saunders International, Hospice UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, The National Council for Palliative Care, and Sue Ryder – have written the open letter, saying that The Bill “would help to end the current inconsistency and bring high quality end of life care to all of us when we need it.  To help those in need of palliative care, and those providing it, we support the aims of this Bill.”

For the full letter, please follow this link.

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