It comes amid calls for an inquiry into the PM's handling of the pandemic after more than 126,000 deaths.
"It is absolutely disgraceful that dying people are treated this way.”
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd says family illness prompted her to act over controversial benefit guidelines.
Government under pressure to scrap time limit penalising gravely ill people.
NHS England seems to be signalling they don’t particularly care where people die or how people die. It’s as if once illness becomes no longer treatable you are no longer a priority
What does a dog wagging its tail, a mum of two planting flowers in the garden and a make-up artist have in common? They all volunteer their time for free to help people who are terminally ill.
Money. The thing that makes the world go round. The thing we throw ourselves into cars and trains to earn. Hard to get on
As hard as it was, I still went to visit Mum's grave with flowers and it provided some comfort. Now, five years later, on Mother's Day I do the same. I still miss Mum every day but I want people facing their first Mother's Day after losing their mum to know you are not alone and there are things you can do to help cope with the overwhelming grief.
While the state of our healthcare system is always a topic of national debate, this crisis has highlighted a lack of recognition in terms of the huge pressures facing social care which in turn have a dramatic knock-on effect on the NHS. For people living with a terminal illness, there is often no need for them to be in hospital but if the right social care package isn't there, they may not have the option of going home.
I was reminded of the valued contribution of the charity sector and its volunteers to end of life care when I recently met with a local Marie Curie Helper volunteer, who was providing incredible support and companionship to a constituent affected by a terminal illness.