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'He died where he wanted to be'


An independent review has concluded there are "stunning inequities" in end of life care in England, and has called for funding changes to enable more people to die at home.

Neil Bonser died of cancer at the age of 35. His father Tony described how his "intensely independent" son was given the opportunity to die at home, following the support of a MacMillan nurse.

"When he got there, I just touched him on the arm and said 'Neil you're home' and I watched the fear and the pain and the stress leave his face," he said.

"Shortly after... he died, but he died peacefully, because he died where he wanted to be."

Palliative care consultant, Dr Rob George of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, explains the role of end-of-life care.

"What we're helping people to do is to focus in on completing their life and moving away from being a pathological specimen to being a person again," he said.

"Re-bundling people back into personhood is really the central core of what we do in palliative care."

Reacting to the report, care services minister Paul Burstow accepted that "we have to do much better" on palliative care.

"We have some excellent palliative care in this country, but not everyone gets it," he said.

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