Cuts in social care could put pressure on hospitals to care for dying patientsBMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7035 (Published 08 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7035
- Adrian O’Dowd
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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