Those who currently miss out include:
- the “oldest old” (aged 85 and over)
- people living alone
- people living in deprived areas
- black, Asian and ethnic minority groups
Most palliative care goes to cancer patients, even though the diseases account for less than a third of deaths. Only a fifth of new referrals to specialist end-of-life services are for people with non-cancer diagnoses. According to the report, providing palliative care to those that need it could improve the quality of life for thousands of patients and save the NHS money by preventing unwanted and distressing hospital treatment.
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