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Too many people denied the wish to die at home

Too many people are dying in hospitals and care homes, and not at home the way they want to, says a report from Demos.

Of the 500,000 people who die each year in the UK, the think tank found only 18% die at home, yet 60% of people surveyed would like to.

Investing in community-based end of life care would also save the NHS money in the long term, the report says. The Department of Health is reviewing funding for England. Services in the rest of the UK are funded locally.

The report, entitled Dying for Change predicts that by 2030 more people will die in hospital (65%) and fewer people will die at home (just one in 10 people). In 10 years, Demos predicts that 20% of people will die in care homes, a figure currently at 17%.

Yet a poll of 2,127 people carried out as part of the report shows that two in three people would prefer to die at home, surrounded by family and friends.

Read more at BBC Health.

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