22 May 2012
Macmillan responds to Primary Care Trust (PCTs) mortality profiles
Commenting on new research which shows a breakdown of mortality profiles by PCT, Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“Everyone deserves to choose where they die. These figures show that far too many people are still dying in hospital, which we know is against many of their wishes.
“While it’s promising that nearly 50% of people were able to live their final days at home* in several areas of the country, it is shocking that less than a quarter do in parts of inner London. This shows more than ever, we still have a very long way to go to achieve choice for all.
“A key factor in achieving this is access to social care. Macmillan wants all patients who are on an end of life care register to have access to free social care and 24/7 community nursing to be standard across England. The Government has the chance to make this happen in the forthcoming Social Care White Paper.”
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Notes to Editors:
*Home = usual place of residence which is either own home or a care home.
Source: Percentage of all deaths that occur in own home or a care home, average annual for 2008-10. ONS. National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (2012) End of Life Care Primary Care Trust Profiles.
http://www.endoflifecare-intelligence.org.uk/end_of_life_care_profiles/primary_care_trust_profiles.aspx (accessed May 2012)
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