Free social care at the end of life: Comment from the National Council for Palliative Care

Date: 
24 April 2012
NCPC is campaigning along with Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sue Ryder for free social care at the end of life for people on end of life care registers. As part of this campaign we wrote to both parties in the coalition Government as well as to the Opposition.

NCPC is campaigning along with Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sue Ryder for free social care at the end of life for people on end of life care registers. As part of this campaign we wrote to both parties in the coalition Government as well as to the Opposition.

NCPC is pleased that the Opposition has said that it will support this proposal. We know that the Government is considering this carefully and look forward to receiving its response in due course.

Speaking today, Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs at the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“It is unfair and unrealistic to expect terminally ill people, for whom every day counts, to go through complex means testing before they are able to receive social care support in their own homes. Removing means testing to make social care freely and immediately available for those who need it at the end of their life would make a massive difference, which is why along with Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sue Ryder we have been campaigning for change. We welcome the Labour Party’s support and look forward to receiving the Government’s response to our campaign and to working with politicians of all main parties to ensure social care is freely available to people at the end of their lives so that they can be cared for and die in their own home if that’s where they want to be”  

You can read our briefing on the case for free social care at the end of life here.

You can read the press release from the Labour party here.The Daily Mail newspaper also covered the story, which you can read here.

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