Last week I spoke in parliament to call for urgent action to improve end of life care and I was delighted to highlight the excellent work of hospices, including Springhill Hospice in Rochdale.
At the end of life people deserve dignity and compassion, and every patient should have access to high quality palliative care and support. Rather than being subject to a postcode lottery, where a great deal depends on which CCG patients belong to, consistent, high quality end of life care should be available to all. Sadly, many people who would benefit from palliative care do not receive any at all. The charity Macmillan estimate that 48,000 people in England have died with poor end of life care in the last year.
Our hospices are a vital source of palliative care. Here in Heywood and Middleton we are served by the excellent Springhilll Hospice in Rochdale, and for 70% of their running costs they rely on fundraising from the local community. I’m doing my bit by running the Manchester 10k on 22nd May to raise money for Springhill, and I was delighted to be able to speak in parliament last week about the great work they do. You can read my speech here or watch video of it by clicking here.
Two thirds of hospices have had their funding frozen or cut since 2014. Unless urgent action is taken to address the funding cuts and to improve access to quality palliative care, the situation for patients can only get worse, not better.
I'm running the Manchester 10k on May 22nd to raise money for Springhill Hospice. To sponsor me, or for more information, see www.justgiving.com/Liz-McInnes2.
I would be very grateful for any donations towards this fantastic Hospice - thank you.