A new government review into the funding of long-term care will look at how government can make sure that the money intended to help look after people who are approaching the end of life is spent in the right way. This will better enable patients to choose how and from whom they receive their end of life care. The review will make recommendations for a funding system that will cover care provided by the NHS, a hospice or any appropriate provider. The review will report back by summer 2011.
Having a terminal illness is a very distressing time for individuals and their families. 500,000 people die each year in England.58% of deaths occur in hospital, 20% at home, 17% in care homes and 5% in hospices. Surveys show that the first preference for most people is to be able to die at home.