Poor access to pain control at home is leaving many terminally ill patients in a state of constant pain says leading health charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.
In a report published by the charity – which was based on 26 detailed telephone interviews – it was revealed there are ‘terrifying’ delays for prescriptions and hundreds of carers feeling ‘abandoned’ and ‘scared’.
In addition, a recent UK-wide online survey of GP’s has revealed that many are worried about support for terminally ill patients at home.
These findings, according to Marie Curie Cancer Care, serve to highlight a growing “sense of fog and confusion” about the services available for terminally ill patients and their carers, and a need for better access to pain relief.
Ultimately, the charity is calling for better support and round-the-clock care, particularly at the weekends and overnight...