In a response to the London Assembly Health Committee review into End of Life Care, Royal Trinity Hospice has called for the Mayor to champion hospice care to improve access and uptake of the range of high quality care available. Trinity argues that not everyone is accessing the support available to them when they need it due to a patchy knowledge of palliative care and a complex health and social care system.

The enquiry into End of Life Care forms part of a wider look at health inequalities across the Capital. The Committee’s investigation aims to understand the challenges people face in accessing good quality end of life care and securing the care options of their choice. It is also examining how existing options can be improved for Londoners with a particular focus on the concerns and experience of older Londoners who live alone.

Despite the UK being ranked in first place (in a survey of 80 countries) in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Quality of Death Index this month, a recent report from London Cancer Alliance, PallE8 and Marie Curie indicated that there was a huge variation in the provision of specialist palliative care in London. Only four of the 33 CCGs in London score above the national average for end of life care quality indicators.

Dallas Pounds, Trinity’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted that the London Assembly has chosen to focus on the often neglected issue of end of life care. Like many hospices in London, Trinity is proud of the high quality care we provide but we know that the bigger picture is mixed. We hope that the Mayor will take this opportunity to champion hospice care so that everyone who needs us knows what we can offer and how and when to get in touch.

The full text of Trinity’s submission to the London Assembly Health Committee can be found here.