Our campaign has been a success - thanks to you
Earlier this month, Marie Curie launched a campaign calling on MPs to debate palliative care. We did this because during September’s Assisted Dying Bill debate many MPs stood up and shared their concerns about access to palliative care.
We’ve been asking our supporters to write to their MPs to call for a debate specifically on palliative care. Over the course of October, hundreds of emails from supporters have been sent to MPs making the case for a debate.
We’re very pleased to say that the campaign has been successful. Maria Caulfield MP has successfully bid for a debate on palliative care, which has been scheduled for Wednesday 4 November, to be heard in the main chamber of the House of Commons.
A really important victory
This is a really important victory for the people who have campaigned on our behalf and gives MPs the opportunity to make sure that improving access to palliative care is high on the Government’s agenda.
This issue deserves its own debate because one in four people don’t get the palliative care they need at the end of their life. We don’t think this is good enough and we’re determined to ensure that everyone with a terminal illness has a right to access palliative care.
To do this, we need to make sure the issue has the attention of the government.
The impact of your emails has been powerful. MPs have been in touch following emails from their constituents to ask not only how they could support the call for a debate, but also how they could be involved in improving access to palliative care for their constituents.
This is something that couldn’t have been achieved without our supporters and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who wrote to their MP. It shows just how powerful your voice is and that by working together we can make the government pay attention and ensure that everyone across the UK who has a terminal illness gets the care and support they need.