Toby Perkins MP visited the Marie Curie stand during the recent Labour Party Conference and found out first-hand how Marie Curie are campaigning to improve end of life care. He also discussed how the Covid pandemic had impacted upon their work.
Over 600,000 people were dying every year in the UK even before the pandemic began – hundreds of people in every constituency, with thousands of loved ones bereaved. Yet although up to 90% of people who die may need palliative care, just half receive it – leaving hundreds of people missing out on crucial care every single day.
Staff from Marie Curie were on hand to talk about how the charity had been campaigning about fuel poverty which Toby felt would be a pertinent issue given that he had met residents across Chesterfield and Staveley who were worried about their energy prices rising this Autumn.
Toby said “I was pleased to take part in the ‘Play Your Cards Right’ card game, which was a great way for MPs, Peers and party members to find out more about ensuring that people can receive the best end of life experience possible”.