Press release


Thursday 22 November 2012

Commenting in response to today's announcement from the National Council for Palliative Care Dr Mark Jackson, Deputy Chairman of Acromas Healthcare (Owner of Saga and AA), the largest care provider in the UK says:

"Finding out a loved one is reaching the end of their life is hard enough, so the NHS and all organisations involved in end of life care, should be making the decision process for all those concerned as simple as possible.

"Dying with dignity means something different for each and every one of us and we have seen an increasing number of people choosing to spend the time they have left in their own homes surrounded by the people and things that they love.  Fortunately many already do get their wish.  However, all too often lengthy delays in putting in place the appropriate palliative care means that many find that this decision is simply taken out of their hands. These delays, often caused by lack of established processes, are simply unacceptable but with almost three quarters of NHS bodies not publishing a strategy for end of life care, it is somewhat inevitable. 

"Allowing people to return to their own homes is not only a positive move for the individual and their families.  It could also help alleviate the pressure on NHS wards who are often reaching capacity with people who could be cared for within their own homes".