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One in Four Terminally ill Scots not getting the Care they Need

News Release from Miles Briggs:

One in Four Terminally ill Scots not getting the Care they Need

A YouGov survey of 1,000 Scottish adults between 7th - 9th November 2017 showed that one in four terminally ill Scot’s not getting the care that they need. Marie Curie believe that the figure is so high because services are not always shaped around the needs of the individual. Peoples concerns about the quality of care they receive revolved around the increasing demand on our NHS. Marie Curie have published its information resource, You Matter, to outline what people can do to improve care for people at the end of their lives. Miles tabled a motion today at Parliament on You Matter.

Miles Briggs comments:

“This survey shows that there is still a lot of work to be done supporting people who are terminally ill.

“Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is an incredibly hard time for people and everyone who needs palliative care should have access to it.

“The You Matter information resource is excellent for giving people the knowledge of how to improve care for people at the end of their lives.”

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*Please see table Parliamentary motion below.

Motion Number: S5M-10312
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 06/02/2018

To be considered for Members' Business
Title: ♦ Marie Curie’s You Matter

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Marie Curie of its information resource, You Matter, which outlines what patients, families, carers, health and social care professionals, the Scottish Government, and other public bodies, and the public can do to improve care for people at the end of their lives; understands that, in a YouGov poll undertaken by Marie Curie, one-in-four people in Scotland, including in the Lothian region, who have experience of a relative or close friend with a terminal illness said they did not get the care that they needed; considers that one reason for this could be that care does not fully take into account the person’s needs and preferences; understands that You Matter was created following an event with Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, in late 2017, and aims to encourage people to think about the realistic care that they would want at the end of their life; believes that, when it comes to achieving realistic care, everyone matters; commends the simple steps in the publication that can help ensure that realistic person-centred care is available to more people; congratulates Marie Curie on this important publication, and wishes it continued success in making sure that people get the realistic palliative care that they need.

Miles Briggs