Think-tank says people deserve the right to die outside hospital

Up to one in three people who die in hospital could spend their final days at home in a more appropriate care setting, an influential think tank has said.

The report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calls for increased investment in community-based health and social care.

IPPR Research Fellow Jack Hunter, co-author of End of Life Care in England, said: “For too many people, the end of life is an even more difficult experience than it needs to be. The fact that those living in the most deprived areas are more likely to die in hospital is wholly unjust. Where you live should not affect whether you experience good quality care at the end of your life.

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“Enabling more people to spend the end of their lives outside hospitals, in more appropriate settings, with properly funded support in place, will improve their experience of care. It will also be more cost effective for the taxpayer.

“With a forthcoming green paper on care and support for older people, Jeremy Hunt has the opportunity to set out a radical and sustainable solution for how we fund quality health and care in this county. He should not pass it up.”

The IPPR said almost half (47%) of deaths in England took place in hospital compared with 28% in a care homes and 23% at home.

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