Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Angela Burns used a Welsh Conservative Assembly debate on Palliative Care to highlight the need for the Welsh Government to take action to radically improve access to hospice and palliative care for everyone across Wales.
Whilst many people across the country get the end of life care that they need there are around 6000 people who are unable to access care in their final days.
Commenting following the debate, Angela Burns AM said
“The staff of our Hospices are the unsung heroes of our health care workers. They offer palliative support to patients facing the end of their lives and friendship and support to those that face being left behind.
“Our debate has not only highlighted the work of those working in hospices, but also those running charities such as Paul Satori who are there to provide the valuable facilities that exist across the nation.
“We must ensure that we are providing the support that they need to operate effectively and grow. We must put an end to the uncertainty of funding rounds and the regular changing of priorities when it comes to service delivery.
“Adult hospices have found that their statutory funding has not changed for a decade and has therefore been dropping in real terms each year. Government funding for adults’ hospices as a percentage of expenditure is lower in Wales than any other UK nation and Welsh Government funding of children’s hospices in Wales as a percentage of its charitable expenditure is lower than in England and Scotland.
“I called on the Welsh Government to let our Hospices do what they are best at, providing that care, either in the patients home or a hospice in their final days.
“We can judge our society via many measures, but the most important must be how it cares for people at the end of their lives. I