11 July 2013
Responding to the National Bereavement Survey (VOICES)1 published this morning, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'The number of people who want to die at home has increased by 10% – from 71% in 2011 to 81% 2012. Everyone should have the choice about where they want to die, however, we know that too many people die in hospital against their wishes - often at great expense to the NHS2.
'We know that the majority of cancer patients would prefer to die at home but are unable to, partly because they don’t have access to the social care support which would allow them to do so.
'The Government must make social care free for everyone on an end of life register before the end of this Parliament in 2015, so that cancer patients have the support to die at home if they wish.'
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Assistant Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. New research was published today by the ONS on behalf of DH. Source: Office for National Statistics (on behalf of DH) (2013) National Bereavement Survey (VOICES) 2012 Statistical Bulletin.
(accessed 11 July 2013).
2. For those who expressed a preference, the majority preferred to die at home (81%), although only half of these actually died at home (49%). The most commonly reported place of death was a hospital (52%).There is an estimated potential net saving of £958 per person who dies in the community rather than in hospital. National End of Life Care Programme & National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (2012): What do we know now that we didn’t know a year ago?
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