Allowing people to die at home

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SHEFFIELD health bosses are hoping to increase the number of people able to die at home rather than hospital.

A report drawn up by council and NHS officials proposes ensuring an ‘increase in patients who have a clear prognosis regarding their condition and make informed choices regarding priorities for care and death’.

Figures in the report show 57 per cent of deaths in Sheffield were in hospital during 2008 to 2010, against an English average of 54.5 per cent.

Some 63 per cent of people say they want to die at home.

In 2011/12, only 37.4 per cent of people in Sheffield died at their place of residence, at home or in a care home.

The report will be discussed by Sheffield Council’s health and social care scrutiny board on Wednesday.