Palliative Care

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to work with other government departments and local service providers to support better people at the end of life by use of the DS1500 form.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The DS1500 is used to support claims to a range of benefits from people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness by a healthcare professional. In line with our aim to continuously improve the service provided to people who are terminally ill, the Department works with a range of stakeholders, including healthcare professionals and support organisations, such as MacMillan Cancer Support, to identify and introduce improvements.

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