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End-of-life care for cancer patients should be 24/7

9th August 2010

Macmillan Cancer Support have published the results of a report which shows that many people in the UK would not be able to have 24-hour palliative nursing.

The report showed "up to" 19 million people in the UK would miss out on care because they lived outside the area where the primary care trust offered this type of nursing to all patients. The National Audit Office (NAO) has estimated that on average it costs £222 a day to keep a person in hospital for the last year of their lives. The average cost of being cared for at home is £28.

 

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