Letters Care of the dying in the community

Social care should be free for everyone in last weeks of life

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4892 (Published 13 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4892
  1. Adrienne Betteley, palliative and end of life care programme manager1
  1. 1Macmillan Cancer Support, London SE1 7UQ, UK
  1. ABetteley{at}macmillan.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support agrees with Collis and Al-Qurainy that good communication and effective coordination of care 24 hours a day are essential to prevent unwanted and unnecessary hospital admissions towards the end of life.1 Unfortunately, there are barriers to achieving this for all patients.

The provision of 24/7 community nursing depends on …

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