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Cancer patients wanted to die at home
12:00pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
AROUND 700 cancer patients in Dorset who died in hospital beds wanted to die at home, new figures from Macmillan Cancer Support show.
The charity is calling on the government to improve choice for dying cancer patients.
Macmillan’s new report, Time to Choose, calls on the Government to make social care free for everyone in the last weeks of life before the end of this Parliament in 2015.
Analysis from a recent national survey of bereaved relatives and carers reveals that for cancer patients last year, care in hospitals was often subpar to the care received at home. Of those who died at home, 63 per cent rated the overall quality of care received as excellent or outstanding, compared to only 37 per cent of those who died in hospitals.
Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “As the Government makes up its mind about whether to fund and implement free social care at the end of life, thousands of people with terminal cancer are being left to die in hospital beds against their wishes. “This is putting an unnecessary strain on our A&E departments.”
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