The Spectator – 22 November 2014
Of the 500,000 people who die in England each year, about half die in hospital. Many of these people have no clinical need to be there and very few of them want to die in hospital. In fact, 80% of those asked would choose home or a hospice as the place where they’d prefer to spend their last days. It is hardly surprising that most people would opt to die peacefully at home or in the calm environment of a hospice rather than in a busy, often noisy, hospital ward. Indeed there is mounting evidence that the care which a significant number of people receive in hospitals is inadequate.