Giving people the choice to die at home could save the NHS millions of pounds


Published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 by KCFM

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The NHS could save millions of pounds if more terminally ill people were able to choose to die at home, according to a group of end of life charities.

Research suggests that most would prefer to spend their final days in their own surroundings, but the most recent figures show that over of half of people in Hull and the East Riding died in hospital.

Scott Sinclair from Marie Curie says a lack of community care means many terminally ill people end up in hospital:

“People who are terminally ill use a huge number of accident and emergency bed bays. That isn’t to say that people who are terminally ill don’t need the beds, but what we think is happening is that people are using A&E because they reach a crisis point and have nowhere else to turn.

“Most people say they would prefer to be cared for and die at home- that could be their own home, or the care home they live in. A few people told us they would want to die in hospices too, but hospital tends to be universally the place where the fewest of us would want to die- fewer than 5%.

“Research shows that our patients who died at home had total care costs of £500 less per person than people who didn’t have a Marie Curie nurse. In the long run, we know what would be cheaper for the NHS.”

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Published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 by KCFM

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