Campaign aims to help terminally-ill Leeds patients

Jon Culshaw, Stuart Andrew MP and Marie Curie nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey.
Jon Culshaw, Stuart Andrew MP and Marie Curie nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey.
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Impressionist Jon Culshaw and a Leeds MP have pledged support to improve care for people who are terminally ill.

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, is backing Marie Curie’s campaign calling for the right for everyone to have palliative care when they need it.

Mr Andrew has teamed up with Marie Curie nurse Sally Monger-Godfrey and Mr Culshaw to back the campaign from the UK’s leading charity for people living with any terminal illness and their families.

Mr Andrew said: “It’s vitally important that we make sure people receive the best care possible, especially at what can be an incredibly distressing time for families and the person who needs extra help in their care.”

Marie Curie has revealed that more than half of people over the age of 50 in the UK are not confident they will get the care they need towards the end of their life. One in four people each year who need palliative care miss out on it because their needs are not recognised and they are not referred on to the right services. Marie Curie is calling for a change in the way care is provided.

Mr Andrew has pledged to help ensure that any constituents who have a terminal illness know what services and benefits they are entitled to; and work with local NHS services to improve access to and quality of palliative care.

Scott Sinclair, Marie Curie’s head of policy and public affairs for England, said: “More needs to be done to ensure that people with a terminal illness get access to the high quality care and support they need and deserve.

“Making this a reality also requires support at a national level. The Government can play its part by investing in palliative and end of life care services to help transform the way care is provided locally to people with a terminal illness now and in the future.”