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Palliative Care

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people with (a) terminal cancer and (b) another terminal condition who receive care through (i) the healthcare system, (ii) the social care system and (iii) the social care and healthcare systems; (322161)

(2) whether patients with (a) terminal cancer and (b) another terminal condition are automatically eligible for assistance through the social care system.

Information concerning the number and proportion of people with terminal cancer or another terminal condition who receive care through the healthcare system, the social care system, or the social care and healthcare systems, is not collected centrally.

Patients with terminal cancer or another terminal condition are not automatically eligible for social care assistance on the basis of their diagnosis. Entitlement to assistance is based on an individual’s care needs assessment.

Councils have a duty under section 47(1) of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990, to carry out a community care assessment on anyone who appears to be in need of community care services.