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Palliative Care Bill

24 April 2009

Help the Hospices and Sue Ryder Care welcome Caroline Spelman MP's Palliative Care Private Member's Bill, which among other things, sought to give patients in England a right to choose where to receive palliative care. 

 

Palliative care is the kind of care given in hospices and by hospices in people's homes, to support the needs of people living with terminal illness and their families. Services include pain control, symptom relief, skilled nursing care, counselling, complementary therapies, spiritual/religious support, creative activities, physiotherapy and bereavement support. 

 

You can read our MPs briefing here

 

The bill, which had its second reading today, was defeated in the House of Commons. However, it has helped in raising awareness of palliative care and the needs of patients with terminal illness.

 

For media enquiries:

Katie Brewin: 0161 881 7753 / k.brewin@helpthehospices.org.uk

Bansree Takodra: 020 7520 8251 / b.takodra@helpthehospices.org.uk