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Briggs commends new Macmillan Cancer Report.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Co-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Cancer, has today welcomed a new report from Macmillan Cancer Support into improving end of life care. The ‘No Regrets’ report highlights that many cancer patients are dying in hospital but wish to die at home and calls for cancer sufferers to be involved far more in anticipatory care planning for their condition and end of life care. Miles has tabled a Parliamentary motion about the report.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I welcome this report and the emphasis it rightly places on cancer patients with terminal conditions talking about their illness with friends, family and care-givers and being fully involved in planning their end of life care. This report is an important contribution to the debate around dying well.

“ It is concerning that only 1% of people with cancer would like to die in hospital but 38% currently do pass on there and we need to make progress on this.

“ Macmillan Cancer Support provides world-class levels of palliative care and they make an incredible difference to people with cancer and their families.”

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* Please see a copy of Miles’ Parliamentary motion as lodged today.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s No Regrets report.

That the Parliament welcomes the publication of a new report from Macmillan Cancer Support, No Regrets, into improving end of life care; notes that the report suggests talking more openly about death could help people die well and that almost two in three people think that we do not talkabout death enough in this country; further notes the report indicates that with the right support, 64% of people with cancer would like to die at home, but only 30% currently do, and only 1% would like to die in hospital, but 38% of people currently do; is also aware that the report outlines Macmillan’s Building on the Best project, which aims to have earlier conversations, involving patients and their families, about their care so they can be part of each decision, and also emphasises the importance of anticipatory care planning; commends Macmillan Cancer support and other cancer and palliative care charities for what it considers are their outstanding efforts to provide world-class support and care for cancer sufferers and their families, and believes that the No Regrets report is a positive and important contribution to the debate how cancer sufferers with terminal conditions can be better supported, in charge of their care and allowed to pass on in the location of their choice.

Miles Briggs