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Everyone deserves to choose where they die. Support our 24/7 community nursing campaign| and make sure people have this choice.
With the right support, 73%* of people with cancer would prefer to die at home. But only 27% actually do.**
More than four in 10 (44%) Primary Care Trusts don't provide round the clock care to all patients, which is why so many people don't have a choice.
Not only would 24/7 community nursing make a difference to people with cancer, the NHS would save money too. The average cost of keeping someone in hospital for the last year of their life is £222 per day, compared to £28 per day for care at home - nearly eight times less.***
Read our report on end of life care.|
Latest news: On Friday 1 July 2011, the Palliative Care Funding Review published its final report. The review found that services for people nearing the end of life were woefully inadequate.
Read our press release responding to the review.|
We want anyone living with cancer, nearing the end of their lives, to have access to 24/7 nursing in the community, so they can die at home if they wish.
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* Statistic taken from Macmillan February 2010 online survey of 1,019 UK adults living with cancer. Seventy-three percent of people with cancer said they would prefer to die at home if all their concerns about dying at home (such as access to pain relief, round the clock care, and support for their family and carers) were addressed.
** Office for National Statistics. Mortality statistics: deaths registered in 2009 in England and Wales.
*** National Audit Office (2008), End of life care.
Being at home made the situation easier for us to cope with. It was comforting to know Emile was in the place he wanted to be and surrounded by people he knew and loved. Liz, campaign supporter
Being at home made the situation easier for us to cope with. It was comforting to know Emile was in the place he wanted to be and surrounded by people he knew and loved.
Liz, campaign supporter
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If you're affected by this issue, we can help. Find information on:
Macmillan is working with the Dying Matters Coalition to encourage people to be more open when it comes to talking about death, dying and bereavement. Everyone deserves to choose where they die. You can support our 24/7 community nursing campaign and sign the pledge to make sure people have this choice.
More information about Dying Matters week can be found at: http://www.dyingmatters.org/|
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