FIGURES released by a cancer charity have shown that around two thirds of cancer sufferers in and around Ashbourne who died in hospital beds wanted to die at home.
Macmillan Cancer Support, which provided sufferers with care, has compiled data that shows that, of the 90 cancer sufferers who died in hospital during 2012, around 60 of these would have preferred to spend their last days at home.
The statistics in its latest report, entitled ‘Time to Choose’, is being used to strengthen calls on the Government to provide free scial care for everyone in their last weeks of life.
Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “As the Government makes up its mind about whether to fund and implement free social care at the end of life, thousands of people with terminal cancer are being left to die in hospital beds against their wishes.
“This is putting an unnecessary strain on our A and E departments because people are not getting access to social care for themselves or for their carers which would enable them to be cared for in the comfort of their own home.
“It’s simply not good enough to pay lip service to this issue – we need to see action. If the Government wants the NHS to deliver world-class care at the end of life in the UK, it needs to start by giving people a real choice about where they die.”
Survey analysis suggets care in hospitals was raterd of a poorer standard to the care received by terminal patients at home.