End-of-life Care

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th March 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 27th March 2012

My hon. Friend will know very well of the vital role that the voluntary sector already plays, whether through the hospice movement or through Marie Curie and other voluntary organisations. As he implies, we not only want to secure more consistent, high-quality end-of-life care, to which effect we are already implementing the end-of-life care strategy and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standard for end-of-life care, but through the implementation of the palliative care funding review pilot schemes we want to ensure that the voluntary sector and other providers are equally able to provide the services that patients and their families desire.