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Dementia patients 'most at risk of dying in hospital'

  • People dying from cancer receive earlier and better diagnosis, better follow-up support and dedicated help to ensure their wishes are carried out.
  • A series of other factors also affected the care received by patients at the end of their lives including their ethnicity and differences in availability of equipment.
  • People with dementia are at far greater risk of being hospitalised before death or dying in hospital instead of at home.
  • Helping more people die in a manner of their choosing would not only ease the pain for the patient and their family but also reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions.
  • A lack of support in the community leaves carers unable to cope, the report said.

Source: www.sueryder.org

Charity: Failings in end-of-life care 'a wake up call'

The quality of end-of-life care for the terminally ill "is often hit and miss" and "a wake up call" a charity has said:

These widespread and unacceptable inequalities show how accessing good quality end-of-life care is often hit or miss. But this is a lottery we can't allow to continue.

A person's condition, location or ethnicity should not prevent them from having a say in the care they receive at the end of life.

– Claudia Wood, deputy director of Demos and co-author of the report

Death and the memories it leaves behind, particularly of a loved one's last days, affects us all, which is why the inequalities revealed in this report represent a 'wake up' call that cannot be ignored

– Paul Woodward, Sue Ryder chief executive

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Quality of end-of-life care 'is hit and miss'

The quality of end-of-life care for the terminally ill "is hit and miss" and depends on "arbitrary" factors such as disease, age and geographical location, according to a new report.

More support and training should be provided to GPs and other health professionals to help them talk about death and dying with patients and their families, research have said.

The quality of end-of-life care for the the terminally ill is hit and miss, a charity has said. Credit: PA

The report carried out by Demos on behalf of the Sue Ryder charity, said people dying from cancer receive earlier and better diagnosis, better follow-up support and dedicated help to ensure their wishes are carried out.

It said a series of other factors also affected the care received by patients at the end of their lives including their ethnicity and differences in availability of equipment.

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