People should have the right to die at home if they choose to, says a study by the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
It says: ‘Most people express a preference to die at home, but 60% do so in an acute hospital, even when there is no clinical need for them to be there.’
‘People should have the right to die in the place of their choice,’ it says. It cited care homes, which may not be equipped to look after dying people and which refuse to take residents back after a hospital stay.
The report blames ‘generally poor’ co-ordination between health and social services for the fact that end-of-life care for patients suffering from devastating conditions such as cancer is geared towards their remaining in hospital.
Figures show that of the half a million people a year who die in England, three-quarters do so after a chronic illness such as cancer or heart disease.
But only 35% end their lives among family and friends or at a care home, while most of the rest die in acute hospitals.
To read the report, see the attached file.