Spanish Organisations Unite to Improve Patient’s Access to Palliative Care

Sociedad Española de Cuidados Paliativos (SECPAL)
9 October 2015

The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and the Spanish Palliative Care Society (SECPAL) are marking World Hospice and Palliative Care Day by inviting nearly eighty organisations to commit to improve patient’s care at the end of life.

Seventy-three representatives from health administrations, scientific societies, NGOs, research and education institutions, patient and journalist associations have shown their support and signed the document titled Commitment to improve patient’s care at the end of life.

“We are proud to have received the commitments from 73 organisations so far” said Ana Fernández-Marcos, Director of Institutional Affairs and Strategic Alliances of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, “I see this document as a tool to drive our work to make real and meaningful changes in public information on palliative care (PC), equity in access to PC services as well as education and training of multidisciplinary PC teams.” According to AECC 80% of people would prefer to receive this type of care in their own homes, as such there is a clear need to provide further resources to ensure that this can happen wherever a patient’s medical and family conditions allow.

Receiving appropriate palliative care at end of life is the inalienable right of every individual. Despite progress, Spain still has a long way to go to meet 100% of the need for palliative care amongst adults, children and young persons without discrimination or exception. The Spanish Society for Palliative Care and the Spanish Association Against Cancer are using World Hospice and Palliative Care day as the occasion to sound the wake-up call for further action as part of the global ‘Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients’ campaign.

Access the Spanish press release here.

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Friday 7 June 2019