Sue Ryder responds to Amber Rudd’s call for an ‘honest evaluation’ of the benefits system for terminally ill people

Today, Thursday 11 July, Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd has announced her plan to remove a rule within the benefits system which requires terminally ill patients to undergo a health assessment.

The current system requires a medical professional to say that terminal patients only have six months to live.

It is being recommended that the Government remove the six-month rule and allow clinicians to use their own judgement to certify whether a patient is terminally ill.    

Heidi Travis, CEO at Sue Ryder, said:

“Without first-hand experience, it is difficult for people to imagine the emotional and financial pressures on families supporting a terminally ill loved one. 

“Through her own experience of losing her ex-husband however, Amber Rudd does understand and on assessment has found a gap in our benefits system that needs to be urgently addressed. 

“People with a terminal illness may be unable to financially support their loved ones, which can be a serious concern to add to what they are already experiencing. 

“Sue Ryder wholeheartedly supports this review and hopes to see swift improvements to the accessibility of benefits for those who are amongst the most vulnerable in our society.”