Everyone deserves to choose where they die. Find out what Macmillan is doing to support choice at the end of life.
Why are we campaigning?
With the right support, 73%* of people with cancer would prefer to die at home. But only 29% actually do.**
Not only do people approaching the end of life want a choice about where they are cared for, but making choice at the end of life a reality would save the NHS money too. There is an estimated potential net saving of £958 per person who dies in the community rather than in hospital. ***
What do we want to change?
We want anyone living with cancer, nearing the end of their lives, to be given the support they need to be able to choose where they are cared for and where they die.
Our latest policy report, Time to Choose: Making choice at the end of life a reality, outlines the barriers to choice people face at the end of life, and sets out recommendations for ensuring more people approaching the end of life can be cared for and die in the place they want to be. Download the report [PDF]
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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 2011 in England and Wales.
*** National End of Life Care Programme and National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. What do we know now that we didn’t know a year ago? 2012.