News from Lynne
I issued the following press release on 17.11.04
MP on care for the dying fact-finding mission
Date of issue: November 17
Care for the dying in Birmingham is being put under the
spotlight by local MP, Lynne Jones.
She has signed the recent Commons Early Day Motion in support of
Marie Curie Cancer Cares Supporting the Choice
to Die at Home campaign.
Now the MP has written to Birminghams four Primary Care
Trusts to find out more about the services and choices available locally to people who are
terminally ill and their families.
In her fact-finding letters, Lynne Jones asks for details of:
Services currently in
place to support the care of the terminally ill
How services facilitate
choice of place of death now, as well as plans for the future
The number of terminally
ill patients cared for over the past year, where they died and details of organisations
who supported their care
She said recent research by Marie Curie Cancer Care showed that
most people in the UK would want to be cared for at home if they were terminally ill, with
a significant minority opting for hospice care.
Nationally, however, more than half of all cancer patients
currently die in hospital, which is generally the place where they would least like to be.
In addition, the charity claims that for every £1 spent on
providing care for the dying in the community, around £2 is freed up back in hospitals.
Lynne Jones said: The issue of choice around place of
death and the provision of palliative care services to all those who need it
irrespective of diagnosis is one of the major challenges which faces us in
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