NHS Mandate amended to include end of life care

13 November 2012
The new Mandate for the NHS commissioning Board has been published today, and now includes end of life care.

The NHS Mandate will be a crucial document in the reformed NHS from 2013, setting out responsibilities and roles for the Secretary of State and new National Commissioning Board. Following the publication of the draft mandate earlier this year, NCPC joined other leading health and social care charities in campaigning for end of life care to be included. After a Department of Health consultation, we're delighted that it now appears in the final Mandate.

Speaking today Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition said:

"We welcome the Government's recognition that end of life care should be a core priority for the NHS and that it has heard the deep concerns that we and many others expressed. The challenge now is to make this more than just a good intention and ensure that people approaching the end of life and their families get the dignified care and support they need. We only have one chance to get it right for them."


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