Sue Ryder responds to latest NHS Continuing Healthcare report

Elise Hoadley

Leckhampton Court Hospice Director Elise Hoadley contributed her expertise to the report.

Sue Ryder was delighted to be able to help the Public Account Committee’s recent investigation into NHS Continuing Healthcare funding by giving evidence in person to the MPs and are very pleased to see our evidence reflected in the committee's findings.

The committee’s new report, which draws together the results of their investigation, sheds some light on this crucially important topic and makes a number of very positive recommendations that should drive forward improvements in continuing healthcare in the future.

Our response

Elise Hoadley, Sue Ryder Hospice Director, responds to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts new report on NHS Continuing Healthcare funding:

“NHS Continuing healthcare is a package of care intended to help some of the most vulnerable people in society, who have significant health care needs. Continuing Healthcare is really important for the people Sue Ryder works with at the end of life and with long-term neurological conditions, so it really matters to us that the system is working fairly and effectively."

Too many people are waiting too long

"The report concludes that too many people are waiting too long to find out if they are eligible for continuing healthcare, and to receive the essential care that they need," Elise continues.

"It also emphasises the significant variation in how continuing healthcare is operating in different parts of the country, and makes some very welcome recommendations around making sure that the NHS is driving down this variation and gathering the data needed to make this system work for everyone.

“We hope that we can continue to use our understanding of how the Continuing Healthcare system is working to inform efforts to improve things – and make the system more accessible to everyone, no matter what their location.”

Read the government's report on NHS Continuing Healthcare


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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.


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