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The vast majority of people (79%) want to die at home however less than a quarter (21%) are able to do so. Macmillan estimates if nothing is done by 2020, 1.3m people will have had their dying wish ignored. This must be urgently addressed.
Consensus has grown around the urgent need for Government action to address the lack of choice at end of life. It is also widely accepted that if more people are treated in a community setting then savings can be made in the acute sector.
The Government have now published their response to the Independent Review of Choice in End of Life Care [PDF], which sets out a new ‘National Commitment’ based on everyone at the end of life receiving high quality care tailored to their needs and wishes. We will now be working with other charities, the NHS and Government to ensure these commitments are realised and everyone receives the high quality end of life care they deserve.
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