With the countdown to the UK General Election well underway, the National Council for Palliative Care have highlighted the commitments regarding end of life card in each party manifesto. Their Chief Executive, Claire Henry:
Some three million people will die over the course of the next Parliament, which is why care of the dying must be a priority for whoever is in Government. We are delighted that all 5 UK-wide parties have recognised the importance of end of life care in their manifestos and the need to improve it over the next 5 years. We look forward to working with the next government to ensure people’s experience and quality of care is as good as it can be — and if we do have a coalition government we very much hope a coalition agreement includes clear commitments about the importance of end of life care and how it will be improved.
You can read the full list of commitments here.
I think the Liberal Democrats win the prize for being the most vague here, promising simply “more choice”. Even their promise of free end of life social care is tempered with “if evidence shows it is affordable and cost effective”. Having said that, while the other parties use specific figures (the Conservatives even going so far as to use the word “guarantee”), your faith in their ability or will to stick to those commitments is up to you.