Vale of Glamorgan AM, Jane Hutt, has pledged to champion the concerns of local people with a terminal illness by lending her support to a Marie Curie campaign calling for the right for everyone to have palliative care when they need it.
Jane Hutt AM teamed up with Marie Curie Senior Health Care Assistant Tracy Tucker at Ty Hywel in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 17th November to back the campaign from the UK’s leading charity supporting people living with any terminal illness, and their families.
Jane Hutt AM, said: “The work Marie Curie Nurses carry out to care for and support people living with a terminal illness is truly outstanding. I am happy to support the charity’s campaign to ensure that people who need palliative care services don’t miss out at the time when they need that care the most.”
The campaign comes as Marie Curie revealed that only half of people over the age of 50 in the Wales – of whom there are 1.2 million – are not confident that they will get the care they need towards the end of their life.
Currently, 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 on the Welsh Government to build on the good work already done to improve access to high quality palliative and end of life care for everyone with a terminal illness.
Jane Hutt 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 for those who need it.
In Vale of Glamorgan Marie Curie will soon be launching a new integrated Hospice at Home service in collaboration with Cardiff & the Vale University Health Board. The new service, which is set to officially launch in the New Year, will transform care for people living with a terminal illness by providing flexible, 24-hour care. The area is also home to the Marie Curie Cardiff & the Vale Hospice, a 30-bed unit providing specialist round the clock care.
The hospice itself is host to a twice-monthly Carers’ Café, where carers can pop in for a cuppa, slice of cake and an informal chat about their caring role. Since opening in March this year, the café has supported more than 170 carers.
The Marie Curie Helper Service, which sees local volunteers provide companionship and support for people living with a terminal illness, also operates in the area.
Simon Jones, Head of Policy & Public Affairs for Wales at Marie Curie, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Jane Hutt for supporting Marie Curie’s campaign. Much has been done in Wales over recent years to improve palliative care services but we must all continue to work to ensure that everyone with a terminal illness, whatever illness that might be or wherever they live, gets the high quality care and support they need and deserve.”
If you or someone you’re close to has a terminal illness, you can call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or visit mariecurie.org.uk/help. You can also share experiences and talk to people in a similar situation on the Marie Curie community .
Jane Hutt AM pictured with Marie Curie Senior Health Care Assistant Tracy Tucker