Improving end of life care crucial to ease pressure on hospital places

19 December 2016
The National Council for Palliative Care has responded to a report from Nuffield Trust about pressure on NHS beds during the winter. The report warned that additional hospital admissions over the winter required beds equivalent to five extra typical hospitals. Simon Chapman, Director of Policy and External Affairs for the NCPC said:

“We know that most people would prefer to die at home, but that at the moment almost half of deaths occur in hospital. Ensuring good quality end of life care is available in non-hospital settings helps people be where they want to be in their final days and hours. For most, this will be in a familiar place, able to be visited by family and friends. Hospitals have an important role to play in end of life care, but enabling people to be discharged from hospital and cared for well at home not only makes for a better death, but also helps ease the pressure on hospital beds. Good end of life care, based on honest discussions and good planning, can keep people out of hospital in the first place. 

“Too often we hear about people choosing to die at home, but having to be readmitted to hospital because the necessary pain relief or symptom control can’t be administered at home. The Government’s National Commitment on End of Life care seeks to address this and other issues, and we will continue to work with them to deliver this. If we – government, NHS, care and voluntary sectors – get this right, we both improve end of life care and keep hospital beds free for those who really need them.”

Nuffield Trust Report

Getting Serious About Prevention 

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