Posted by Ros Connors

Charity calling for changes to vital end of life care in the UK

The UK’s leading end of life charities are joining forces to lobby the UK Government to provide better end of life care for an aging UK population – with this important issue being highlighted during Dying Matters Awareness week (6th-12th May).

Currently, one in four people in the UK die without the care and support they need. 

With the number of over-85-year-olds expected to increase by up to 90% in the next 25 years, the UK’s ageing population is set to have a huge impact on the current system which supports it. This rise means that by 2050, more than one person a minute will have palliative needs when they die.

Stats from the charity Marie Curie show that around 32,000 more people would benefit from palliative care at the end of the next parliament (2029), compared to the start (2024).

Ros spoke to Toby North, head of public affairs at Marie Curie.

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