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Make social care free at end of life to help more people die at home, say MPs

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 16 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1457
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

All people in England who are at the end of their life should be entitled to free social care to allow more of them to die at home with the appropriate support, MPs have recommended.

Means testing for social care should be phased out for people who have been recognised as being in the last days, weeks, or months of their life, said a report from the cross party House of Commons Health Committee into how end of life care has progressed since the independent review of the Liverpool care pathway, chaired by Julia Neuberger in 2013.1

Speaking to journalists ahead of the report’s publication Sarah Wollaston, a former GP who is the Conservative MP for Totnes and chair of the committee, said that wrangling over how social care is funded kept many people in …

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