James launching his report with GM Mayor Andy Burnham and leaders of the hospice movement
James launching his report with GM Mayor Andy Burnham and leaders of the hospice movement

Bury North MP James Frith has launched a bold new report into the future of hospice care in Greater Manchester, which could have national reach.

The report, commissioned by GM Mayor Andy Burnham, is the result of a year of work analysing data and engaging with stakeholders from the hospice movement and NHS and social care services across Greater Manchester and beyond. It makes a series of bold recommendations to be implemented by the NHS, hospices and social care providers in Greater Manchester to reform and integrate hospice care into the wider NHS and social care ecosystem.

Speaking at the launch, GM Mayor Andy Burnham commended James’s work as “a perfect example of a model MP, someone who spots a problem and works to find ways to solve it” and gave his full support and that of the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership to implementing the recommendations in full across Greater Manchester. He said:

“I can say today that we accept these recommendations. I’ve just come from a meeting of the GM Health & Social Care Partnership where the Chief Officer commended the report to the whole meeting and said that he wants to see the recommendations embraced and implemented across Greater Manchester.”

“This is a moment of change and the beginning of a new relationship of equals, where we work together to improve end of life care in Greater Manchester.

“We are setting the very clear ambition that every single person who lives here should have the ability to choose what is right for them at the end of their lives.”

Chief Officer of GM Health & Social Care Partnership Jon Rouse endorses the report
Chief Officer of GM Health & Social Care Partnership Jon Rouse endorses the report

The report also received the backing of the GM Hospice Group of hospice providers and Hospice UK, the national body representing hospices across the country.

James said:

“Living Well & Dying Well is the culmination of work I have undertaken in my first year as an MP with our GM Hospices, regional NHS bodies and the GM Mayor’s office.

“After analysing data and engaging with all those involved across the hospice movement, the regional NHS and our local social care services, it is clear to me that our hospices can be better relied on. Called off the bench a lot more, so to speak. All are cherished by the towns they serve but too often remain underfunded or overlooked within the wider health and social care system or formal funding plans.

“I was delighted to receive the full throated support of Mayor Andy Burnham at the launch of the report and his commitment to implement the recommendations in full in Greater Manchester. I really believe this marks a step change in integrating hospice provision into an integrated health and social care model for Greater Manchester and I’ll be working hard to ensure we deliver the change we need.”

Download the report here

Listen to James’s interview with BBC Radio Manchester

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