End of Life Care

Source : Press Association
Published on 12 August 2011 01:30 PM

Many older people are not having their end-of-life wishes met, with more than half dying in hospital, according to a new report.

Seven out of 10 people polled said they would like to die at home, with the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) and the Dying Matters Coalition stating that a major shake-up of end-of-life care is needed.

The coalition called for the Government to enter into discussions about dying and death, as figures show that 59% of people are scared of dying in hospital.

The NCPC report - No Dress Rehearsals - said that many people who die in hospital had no medical need to be there.

In addition, there are still serious cases of neglect and ill-treatment, for which more accountability for the standard of end-of-life care is required, according to the report.

The report has been published three years after the previous government's End of Life Care Strategy, but older people are still not benefiting from round-the-clock support when they need it, the report says.

Eve Richardson, chief executive of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Dying Matters Coalition, said: 'A new deal for people who are dying is needed.'

Copyright Press Association 2011

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