September 2016 – Palliative Care

September 2016 – Palliative Care

Thank you for contacting me about care for people with terminal illnesses.
I agree that we must ensure that people receive the most appropriate care personalised to their individual needs as they approach the end of their life.
In 2014, the Government commissioned the Choice in End of Life Care Programme Board to report on how end of life care services could be supported to enable people’s choices to be delivered. The Board published its findings in February 2015 in A Review of Choice in End of Life Care.
In July 2016, the Government published its response to this report, outlining six commitments to the public which aim to end variation in end of life care across the health system by 2020. These commitments are: honest discussions between care professionals and dying people; dying people making informed choices about their care; personalised care plans for all; the discussion of personalised care plans with care professionals; the involvement of family and carers in dying people’s care; a key contact so dying people know who to contact at any time of day.
The NHS and care professionals will be expected to reflect these commitments in their work. New measures will be developed to ensure local health and care leaders are meeting the high standards expected of them.
The Government is committed to tackling variation in care across the country and will support the NHS and local authorities to do this. More details of Government action to provide high quality palliative care can be found on the below webpage:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/536326/choice-response.pdf
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.