MPs to scrutinise palliative and end of life care in England

Together for Short Lives has welcomed the decision of a key parliamentary body to look into the way in which palliative and end of life care is commissioned and provided in England.

The inquiry, launched on 5 November by the House of Commons Health Select Committee, will examine palliative care for children, young people and adults. It will scrutinise how health and social care services work with the voluntary and community sector and examine how care can be improved. It will also take account of the experiences of those caring for people at the end of their lives.

Andrew Fletcher, Director of External Affairs at Together for Short Lives said: “The inquiry is an important opportunity to highlight the excellent support that children’s palliative care services provide for families on a day to day basis. It is also a chance to describe the barriers faced by children and young people with life-limiting conditions, their families and those who care for them.”

“Many children cannot access the palliative care they need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; services as a whole do not receive fair or sustainable statutory funding; care is often not joined-up around children and families; and transitions to adulthood often leave young people facing a cliff-edge with too many adult services neither ready or able to provide them with care which is appropriate for their age.”

Together for Short Lives looks forward to raising these issues with MPs in our written evidence, which we will provide on behalf of the children’s palliative care sector.

You can find more details about the inquiry here. The committee is asking the public to provide written evidence about palliative and end of life care until 12 noon on Monday 15 December 2014.

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