Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the Nuffield Trust's report on wide variation in end of life care, said:
"At the end of someone’s life, care should be available in the place of their choosing. Yet the postcode lottery running riot in England’s care system means real choice is too rarely available, as the report shows.
"Families should be able to focus on each other and access care quickly, without the stress of complex means testing. That's why, as part of the recent cross party talks on social care, Labour proposed removing the means test for end of life care - giving people the opportunity to receive free social care in their own home at the end of their lives. The report rightly says the work of expert organisations shows this move would be cost neutral.
"Since the election more than £1.3bn has been cut from local authority care budgets, putting extra pressure on NHS services that are already struggling. Ministers need to urgently get a grip on the growing care crisis.”