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McArthur backs calls for better end-of-life care

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur.

The member of Scottish Parliament for Orkney, Liam McArthur, has given his backing to calls to improve the lives of people living with terminal illness, in the run-up to Good Death Week in Scotland.

Good Death Week takes place from May 14 to 20 this year. It is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to promote the positives of living in a society where people can be open about dying, death and bereavement.

Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their families and carers. This year Marie Curie is encouraging people to think about the care and support they would want at the end of their life and how the public can make a difference in ensuring that people can live life to the full, even when they are dying.

To support people to get realistic, person-centred care when they need it Marie Curie recently launched a free information resource called You Matter.

Liam McArthur MSP said: “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to sign the pledge to support better end of life care for all. This is an issue that is at the heart of society today, with people living longer than ever before, it is vital that we provide the best care possible for those at the end of life. Modern medicine has progressed massively in recent years, yet 25 per cent of people are not getting the care they need.

“Good Death Week 2018 is an excellent chance for a wider discussion of these issues. It also allows a further opportunity to recognise the work done by Marie Curie, including here in Orkney, to provide invaluable support for those nearing the end of their life.”

Richard Meade, Marie Curie Head of Policy and Public Affairs Scotland said: “It is so important that everyone gets the care they need but sadly one in four people in Scotland aren’t getting that care. Marie Curie needs your support so we can reach more people when they need us most.

“We launched You Matter to empower people to play their part in improving end of life care. By involving people in the decisions that affect them we can improve their experience. That means helping avoid unnecessary treatment and reducing the need for them to be admitted to hospital where they often don’t want to be. There’s only one chance to get this right at the end of someone’s life, and everyone matters.”

The You Matter resource is available at mariecurie.org.uk/youmatter

 

 

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