Palliative care at home unavailable in more than two-thirds of health districts

“NHS palliative care delays mean thousands of terminally ill patients risk dying in hospital rather than at home.

Less than a third of NHS areas providing timely funding so terminally ill patients can be cared for at home.

… The report by end-of-life nursing charity Marie Curie estimates 57,000 patients who are terminally ill, or progressing to a terminal stage of their illness, are not receiving timely home terminal-care support.

The charity found fewer than a third (28 per cent) of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) hit national targets on providing fast-track Continuing Healthcare (CHC) support within 48 hours.

Of the two thirds missing the target, a third (32 per cent) of CCGs reported patients waited more than a week, with some areas even reporting two week waits for this support. …”