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Palliative care at home to get further funds if it saves money

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:544
  1. Katherine Burke
  1. London

    The health secretary, John Reid, has promised further funds to help double the number of cancer patients allowed to die at home—if NHS pilots prove claims, as they are expected to, that such a move would save money and comply with patients' wishes.

    Speaking at the launch of Marie Curie Cancer Care's campaign, “Supporting the choice to die at home,” Mr Reid said the charity's research confirms his prejudices that most people would prefer to die in familiar surroundings but that he needs hard evidence before he can confirm …

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