Hospice Care Commission Report Published

Date: 
22 October 2013
NCPC welcomes report and calls for continued innovation and improvements to end of life care.

Help the Hospices have today published a report by the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care. Professor Mayur Lakhani, Chair of the National Council for Palliative Care and a practising GP, was a member of the Commission. Speaking following the publication of today’s report he said:

“We welcome the publication of this landmark report, which powerfully sets out the importance of hospices evolving to meet the needs of a changing world and how they can best do this. With an ageing population, people living for longer with life limiting conditions, and projected increases in the numbers dying each year, it’s vital to ensure that the hospice movement, which has done so much to transform the care of the dying, can continue to lead the way in improving the care people receive at the end of their lives.”

Simon Chapman, Director of Public and Parliamentary Engagement at the National Council for Palliative Care added:

“We only have one chance to get care right for people who are dying, which is why it’s so important that hospices and all those involved in providing end of life care should constantly look at ways to innovate and improve the services they provide so that they serve the needs of their whole community. As hospices face the future, ensuring they broaden their offer and are able to care for people who have complex needs and multiple conditions must be a priority, as must continuing to build excellent relationships with generalist providers, their local communities, care homes, social care providers and local authorities.”

The full report is available at the Help the Hospices website here.

 

Notes to editors

 

1. The National Council for Palliative Care is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also leads the Dying Matters Coalition (www.dyingmatters.org) which aims to help transform public attitudes towards dying, death and bereavement in England. NCPC’s Chair Professor Mayur Lakhani was a member of the Commission into the Future of Hospice Care.

 

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