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On the Brink: The Future of End of Life Care

The UK End of Life Care Coalition
is urging the government to adopt the recommendations of the landmark
independent review of choice at the end of life, published a year ago.

According to new figures released
in the Coalition’s report On the Brink: The Future of End of Life
 an estimated 48,000
people in England experienced poor care in the last 3 months of their life.
This represents 10 per cent of people who died in 2014.

The Coalition’s report argues that shifting care out of hospitals will be
better for people at the end of life and more cost effective but also warns
that the right support needs to be in place at home and in other settings to
enable this to happen.  Recommendations in the review include access to
24/7 community nursing and a record of a person’s preferences for care at the
end of life.

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