Enfield Southgate MP Highlights need for carer support framework in House of Commons
Following his visit to the opening of North London Hospice’s Health & Wellbeing Centre, Enfield Southgate MP Bambos Charalambous tabled a 10-Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons yesterday (Wed) calling for more support for the carers of those with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
Mr Charalambous received cross party support as he highlighted the need for public bodies to work more closely with hospices in the provision of palliative care, acknowledge the role hospices play in patient wellbeing and called for the provision of support for those caring for individuals with a terminal illness.
The Motion – titled Terminal Illness (Provision of Palliative Care and Support for Carers) Bill – was put before the House and is now set for it’s second reading in November.
MPs across North London Hospice’s three boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey attended an event at the House of Commons prior to the reading and heard from patients and carers about the impact the wide range of support services offered by the Hospice have had on their wellbeing.
“We need a more cohesive approach to palliative care in our communities, where public bodies work together with hospices in providing care, both wellbeing and end-of-life. Carers play such an important role in providing support to those with life-limiting or terminal illnesses and to do this they need to receive the necessary support themselves, whether it’s emotional or financial,” said Pam McClinton, Chief Executive of North London Hospice.
“With our ageing population the role of the hospice in our communities will be an increasingly important one and that goes for patient carers too so we welcome the start of the discussion within parliament.” she added.