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Marie Curie Cancer Care chief to head palliative and end of life care task force

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The chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care will head up the expert panel on palliative and end of life care, care services minister Phil Hope announced today.

The Department of Health’s End of Life Care Implementation Advisory Board is being set up to help improve the quality of palliative care people receive at the end of their lives.

The advisory board will constitute of stakeholders from various voluntary sector organisations and representatives who work in end of life care.

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care will head the advisory board will provide direction on the department’s work on end of life care.

National Director for Cancer and End of Life Care, Professor Mike Richards, will continue to lead on the implementation of the strategy.

Mr Hughes-Mallet said: 'The essential task now, is to turn the recommendations of the Strategy into reality for patients and families.'

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