Have a say about the end of our lives

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to en­cour­age you 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, 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, in which you can par­tic­i­pate un­til Septem­ber 30, 2014, visit www.ncpc.org.uk, call 01235 512 384 or email choicere­view@ncpc.org.uk.

CLAIRE HENRY Chief ex­ec­u­tive, Na­tional Coun­cil for

Pal­lia­tive Care

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