Most cancer patients who die in Northamptonshire hospitals wanted to spend last days at home

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About three quarters of cancer patients in Northamptonshire who die in hospital beds wanted to die at home, Macmillan Cancer Support has said.

The cancer support charity said its new figures show about 490 people died in county hospitals rather than at home.

Ciarán Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said:“As the Government makes up its mind about whether to fund and implement free social care at the end of life, thousands of people with terminal cancer are being left to die in hospital beds against their wishes.

“This is putting an unnecessary strain on our A&E departments because people are not getting access to social care for themselves or for their carers which would enable them to be cared for in the comfort of their own home.

“It’s simply not good enough to pay lip service to this issue – we need to see action. If the Government wants the NHS to deliver world-class care at the end of life in the UK, it needs to start by giving people a real choice about where they die.”