Cuts in social care could put pressure on hospitals to care for dying patients

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 08 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7035
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Hospitals in England could face a growing demand for care from patients near the end of their lives if social care budgets are cut, a health policy think tank has warned in a new report.

The Nuffield Trust studied the use and estimated costs of hospital and social care services by 16 479 people at the end of life.

Around half a million people in the United Kingdom die each year; but despite the costs of caring for people at the end of life there is currently a lack of information about care and gaps in knowledge of what services are appropriate.

The trust’s …

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