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Growing demand for end-of-life care will strain NHS


The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) has offered its support for Macmillan Cancer Support's new analysis showing that growing demand for end-of-life care will put an ‘intolerable’ strain on the NHS and social services.

Simon Chapman, director of policy and external affairs for the NCPC, said: ‘Although the majority of people die from conditions other than cancer, people with cancer are more likely to be able to access palliative and end-of-life care than others. Macmillan's warning of a looming crisis is therefore a serious concern for us all. ‘

Repeating a call for the government to implement all the recommendations of its 2015 review Choices in end of life care as a matter of urgency, Chapman added: ‘This must include making sure that access to palliative and end-of-life care is properly funded for everybody, regardless of their diagnosis, throughout the country.’

The NCPC's workforce report, the next edition of which is due later this month, found in 2014 that there is a potential shortage of specialist palliative care nurses on the horizon.  

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