KATE Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston, joined Macmillan Cancer Support and the End of Life coalition who were in parliament to call for end of life care to be fully funded - ahead of the Government’s spending review.

Meeting people affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses at the charity’s event in Westminster last week,the MP heard first-hand about their experiences, and why the Government needs to prioritise funding for end of life care.

By attending the event she is continuing her support for the campaign to improve end of life care in Stretford and Urmston and nationally to ensure that people affected by cancer, and other life threatening illnesses, receive the best standard of care possible.

Ms Green said: “Listening to people with first hand experiences, it is clear that we need to ensure that people have choice at end of life and are supported to die in the place and manner of their choosing.

“The demand for palliative and end of life care will continue to grow in this country and our system needs to be able to deliver the best possible care and experience.”

Next month’s comprehensive spending review is a crucial moment for palliative care in this country. Macmillan and the End of Life Care coalition are calling on the government to fully fund the recommendations of the Independent Review into Choice at the End of Life Care.

The investment would deliver a significant increase in out of hospital care, greater coordination in care and integration, empower and support patients and carers and reduce hospital admission.

Almost half - 44 per cent - of people living with terminal cancer have no support beyond family and friends for practical or personal tasks.