Robert & Jon Culshaw pledge support to improve care for terminally ill

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has pledged to champion the concerns of local people with a terminal illness by lending his support to Marie Curie’s campaign calling for the right for everyone to have palliative care when they need it.

Robert Buckland MP teamed up with Marie Curie Nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey and renowned impressionist Jon Culshaw to back the campaign from the UK’s leading charity for people living with any terminal illness and their families.

Robert said: “Everyone who needs palliative care should get access to it, helping them to make the most of the time they have left which is why I am backing Marie Curie’s Right to Palliative Care campaign. With an ever ageing population this is an issue which is only likely to become more pressing and more needs to be done to ensure that those living with terminal illness and their families are supported and cared for in their final days”

The campaign comes as Marie Curie revealed that more than half of people over the age of 50 in the UK – of whom there are 26 million - are not confident that they will get the care they need towards the end of their life.

Currently, one in four people each year who need palliative care miss out on it because their needs are not recognised and they are not referred on to the right services.  To prevent this figure from increasing, Marie Curie is calling for a change in the way care is provided.

Jon Culshaw, a valued supporter of Marie Curie, said: “Like most of us, I believe that everyone should have the right to palliative care when they need it. That’s why I’m supporting Marie Curie’s campaign to make this a reality.”

Robert has pledged to help ensure that any constituents who have a terminal illness know what services and benefits they are entitled to; and work with local NHS services to improve access to and quality of palliative care for those who need it.

Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy & Public Affairs for England at Marie Curie, said: We are incredibly grateful to [name] for supporting Marie Curie’s campaign.  More needs to be done to ensure that people with a terminal illness get access to the high quality care and support they need and deserve.

“Making this a reality also requires support at a national level.  The Government can play its part by investing in palliative and end of life care services to help transform the way care is provided locally to people with a terminal illness now and in the future.”

If you or someone you’re close to has a terminal illness, you can call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/help. You can also share experiences and talk to people in a similar situation on the Marie Curie community.