This week I had the pleasure of meeting staff and supporters of Marie Curie’s campaign calling for the right for everyone to have palliative care when they need it.
It was great to chat to Marie Curie Nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey and renowned impressionist Jon Culshaw, who is backing the campaign from the UK’s leading charity for people living with any terminal illness and their families.
The campaign comes as Marie Curie revealed that more than half of people over the age of 50 in the UK – of whom there are 26 million - are not confident that they will get the care they need towards the end of their life. Currently, one in four people each year who need palliative care miss out on it because their needs are not recognised and they are not referred on to the right services. To prevent this figure from increasing, Marie Curie is calling for a change in the way care is provided.
I have previously spoken on the need for better palliative care (see here) and I will continue to do all I can to bring pressure on the government to ensure patients have access to high quality end-of-life care on the NHS.