Hospice UK launches their Open Up Hospice Care campaign
Hospice UK launched its hospice care awareness campaign earlier this month, in response to news of one in four families missing out on vital support.
It aims to raise awareness among the public about the fact that hospice care is available to all people, regardless of who they are; their sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability or illness.Hospice UK
Hospice UK research claims there are currently up to 118,000 terminally ill people in the UK, who are unable to access professional end of life or hospice care.
Research shows that people from areas of social and economic depravation, those from black and minority ethnic as well as gay, lesbian and transgender people are most at risk of missing out on critical care and support.
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK said:
“Sadly, many families of people with terminal and life-limiting conditions are missing out on the care they need for their loved ones at the end of life.
“Hospices are leading efforts to widen access to end of life care, especially by reaching out to more people in their communities and also working in partnership with other care providers, but we know there is more to be done.
“Greater awareness of the value of hospice care and other types of end of life care and more collaboration between all care providers can help tackle current inequities to ensure that everyone is able to get the support they need at the end of life.”
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