Dignity for dying cancer patients
After my husband, Neil, died I spearheaded publicity calling for better NHS care for nearing the end of their life on chaotic wards. Along with Marie Curie Cancer Care, I appeared on various national news programmes to call for more dignity and respect. The Independent wrote an in-depth article and leader column about care for the dying.
I took part in a debate with Dr Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England and my views were taken into account in her report Putting Ambitions into Action New ambitions for end of life care.
My blog ‘Half a future’ gained 20,000 readers and raised awareness about bereavement. I wrote for various news and features websites highlighting my family’s experience. Changes in light of our story were made at our local hospital, with improved training for nurses.