CAROLINE Spelman has revealed a new Private Member’s Bill which she hopes will ensure better rights for terminally-ill people.
The Meriden Tory MP has been interested in the issue for some time - looking at the care available to people within her own constituency. In particular, she has followed the palliative care provided by the Foundation of Katherine Leveson.
The organisation is based in the hamlet of Temple Balsall and cares for more than 50 elderly people.
Mrs Spelman said: “I now want to spread my interest further and through my Private Member’s Bill aim to confer on patients a right to choose where to receive palliative care. It is a fact that 75 per cent of the population would like to be able to die at home, but in reality 25 per cent of people only receive their dying wish.
“To achieve this and to help charities and hospices who make it possible, it is vital that the money follows the patient to where they want to be. If the funds used to keep people in hospital in their last days could be transferred out into the community this would then help achieve this end.”
The bill was presented to Parliament on Wednesday and is awaiting its first reading on April 24.