Have a say on end-of-life care

I am writing to encourage local residents to contribute to an important national review of choice in end-of-life care. Almost half a million people die in England each year, but significant numbers of people do not currently have proper opportunities for their choices about how, when and where they receive end of life care to be identified, discussed or met.

That is why the Government set up an independent review into choices in end of life care, which I was asked to chair.

Whether you’re a member of the public or someone who has a professional interest, perhaps through your work within health, social care or housing, we want to hear from you.

We’re interested in finding out what choices would matter most to you– whether that’s about the importance of being able to choose where you would want to be cared for and die, how you would want to be involved in decisions about your care or any other aspect of end of life care.

To find out more and to take part in the review, which you can participate in until September 30, 2014, please visit www.ncpc.org.uk, call 01235 512384 or email choicereview@ncpc.org.uk

Claire Henry, Chief Executive, National Council for Palliative Care