6 Aug 2012

New parliamentary group to focus on palliative care

1:45 pm on 6 August 2012

Hospice New Zealand says a new parliamentary group focusing on palliative care will raise awareness and discussion about long-term funding.

Politicians involved in the group will meet for the first time in two weeks.

Hospice New Zealand chief executive Mary Schumacher says the formation of the group means MPs will be more aware of end-of-life care.

She says palliative care involves many different groups working with a person and their family.

Ms Schumacher says with an ageing population there will be more demand for this type of care.

She says long-term planning will need to look at providers and funding.