Today in the House of Lords, Peers debated improving access to palliative care across England during the second reading of Baroness Finlay’s Access to Palliative Care Bill.
This vital piece of legislation would require clinical commissioning groups to identify and then act on palliative care needs in their area.
In this short clip, CARE's Chris Buttenshaw helpfully explains why palliative care is so important and how Baroness Finlay's Bill will help ensure no-one misses out:
During the debate, Baroness Finlay gave a powerful speech about the importance of providing palliative care. in this short clip, she explains that when palliative care is available, patients live better and live longer:
What is palliative care?
Palliative care means preventing and relieving pain and suffering by means of early identification, assessment, treatment and management of pain and other problems, be they physical, psychological, social or spiritual. It is a gift and a vital way of giving people dignity at the end of their lives.