Report raises questions over equality of access to end of life care community services


Research published by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network suggests that people who live in deprived areas are more likely to die in hospital than those living in affluent areas.

The report, ‘Deprivation and death: Variation in place and cause of death’ reveals that 61% of deaths amongst people living in the most deprived quintile (the poorest 20% of areas) occurred in hospital – compared to 54% amongst the two least deprived quintiles.

The report concludes that the gap is not solely accounted for by factors such as differences in the causes of death between the social groups.

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