We Must Recapture the Spirit of the Hospice Revolution to Provide End-of-Life Care to All Who Need It

October 27, 2016

(The Telegraph) – Next year will mark 50 years since the hospice movement pioneer Cicely Saunders established St Christopher’s Hospice in south London, spearheading a transformation in care across the country. Today, more than 200 hospices deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal conditions – over 90 per cent rated as “good” or “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission in England. This quiet revolution did not have its origins in the NHS, or in local government, but among communities who came together to respond to the distressing deficit in care for the dying by the NHS of the 1960s.