Government repsonse to Health Select Committee Report on end of life care: NCPC comment

16 October 2015
The Government has published an official response to the Health Select Committee's report on end of life care

The report summarises the current work underway to address the issues raised in the committee's report. It affirms the importance of improving end of life care, and encourages all providers to offer generalist staff opportunities to learn from Specialist Palliative Care teams. The Government is exploring how 24/7 care could be implemented, and is considering a number of options to ensure rapid access to social care, of which free social care is one.

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

"We welcome the Government’s response to the Health Committee’s report on end of life care. It is good to see the government recognise the importance of end of life care and the need to ensure that everyone gets the care that they need in the place that they want to be. However there have been plenty of reports now, all of which have made very consistent recommendations about what needs to be done to improve people’s access to and experience of care.

We very much hope that the government will now turn its warm words into action by announcing that it will implement  in full the recommendations of this year’s independent Review of Choice at End of Life Care and in particular make the necessary funding commitments.

We only have one chance to get it right for people at the end of life, and the need for action is urgent.”

Click here to download the Government's reponse now.

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