Health Secretary Alan Johnson has said that more people
in England will have the option of ending their days at home with their
families rather than in hospitals as they are investing 300 million pounds for
extra community services and nurses.
"The most important objective is to ensure that
people's individual needs, their priorities, their preferences for end of life
care are identified, they are documented, they are reviewed, they are respected
and acted upon wherever possible," Johnson told BBC Radio. "That
message has to go out everywhere across the NHS."
He added that some 286 million pounds of funding would be
available over the next three years and requested that local health authorities
use the funds to provide more palliative care services.
Some 500,000 people
who die in England each year do so at hospitals, but over two-thirds would
prefer to spend their last days at home with families.