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Community care networks could help 200 000 more people die at home instead of hospital

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 15 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6508
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Developing support services in the community along the lines of Prime Minister David Cameron’s “big society” could help 200 000 more people a year die where they would prefer to—at their home—rather than in hospital, a new report says.

Currently 290 000 people die in hospital every year in Britain, although two thirds of them—some 190 000—would prefer to die at home, shows a poll of more than 2000 people carried out for Demos, the political think thank that compiled the report.

The report says that the main structures of the community care networks it proposes could cost as little as £500m (€590m; $800m), or 2.5% of what …

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