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End of Life Care Coalition Report

The 'End of Life Care Coalition' of the major end of life care charities, including Marie Curie, is today urging the government to adopt the recommendations of the landmark independent review of choice at the end of life, which was published a year ago today. 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.

According to new figures released today by the End of Life Care Coalition's report On the Brink: The Future of End of Life Care 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 and is based on responses from relatives and carers collected by the Office of National Statistics.

The new Coalition 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.

A copy of the report can be viewed here: