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NHS patients dying at home debate

On 8 November 2012, peers took part in a debate called by Labour peer Lord Warner on NHS patients dying at home.

End-of-life care can be provided for patients at home by community palliative care nurses. It may also be possible for patients to attend a local hospice as a day patient, returning home at night.

Macmillan Cancer Support says 73% of people with cancer would prefer to die at home.

Tes Smith, social care programme manager of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "Free social care at the end of life and 24/7 community nursing for people in the last weeks and months of their lives would go a long way to making this choice a reality."

Macmillan Cancer Support says that currently only 27% of patients die at home.

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