Addressing unnecessary and costly hospital stays at the end of life

Oct 13, 2015

A new report from Hospice UK, the National Council for Palliative Care and Marie Curie calls for more to be done to avoid unnecessary and costly hospital admissions for dying people who have no medical reason or desire to be there.

Commenting on the report, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, said:

“The current over-reliance on hospital care for dying people goes against what the majority of people say they would prefer at the end of life. Economically, it also makes little sense, particularly in these especially straitened times when NHS resources are under more pressure than ever before.

“Hospice UK is calling on the Government to back more local partnerships led by hospices offering alternative care which, if expanded nationally, could reduce the number of people dying in hospital by a fifth and also generate £80m in savings for the NHS. Healthcare commissioners and service providers must embrace more palliative care options beyond hospital, if dying people are to receive the care they need and to ensure more cost-effective care delivery.”

Download ‘Getting serious about prevention: enabling people to stay out of hospital at the end of life’.

Notes to editor

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
  • Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
  • For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

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