Sue Ryder responds to new research published in BMC Medicine that finds at least 42% more people will need palliative care in England and Wales by 2040

The anticipated rise in the number of people requiring palliative care over the next 25 years clearly spells out to us just how much needs to change between now and then.

At Sue Ryder, we currently provide over 2.7 million hours of expert medical, practical and emotional support each and every year.

It is no surprise to us that it is anticipated that the number of people requiring palliative care will increase significantly over the next 25 years.

This clearly spells out to all of us working in end of life care just how much needs to change between now and then.

With so many more people being affected, we need to make sure that the main focus remains on the quality of life, giving every person the opportunity to spend the time they have left in the way they choose. At Sue Ryder we see beyond the condition to the individual, supporting people to have choice and control over their care.

When asked, the majority of people, some 82%, say that they would like to die at home. There is also evidence that only just over half of people (some 54%) actually get their wish.

At Sue Ryder, we are working to support people in their choice of their end of life care and setting.

Read BMC Medicine's report 'How many people will need palliative care in 2040?'


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About Sue Ryder:

Founded in 1953, Sue Ryder is a national health and social care charity providing compassionate hospice and neurological care across the UK. It does this throughout its 7 hospices; 5 neurological care centres; community-based services and in people’s own homes.

Sue Ryder offers a range of personalised care, advice, education and support services in local communities to help improve the lives of individuals – including their carers and families – with conditions such as cancer; heart failure; respiratory failure; dementia; acquired brain injury; multiple sclerosis; Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease.

In order to continue to provide and develop its range of invaluable services, Sue Ryder relies predominantly on income from its retail shops, fundraising activities and generous donations from members of the public.


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