Sue Ryder responds to new research published in BMC Medicine that finds at least 42% more people will need palliative care in England and Wales by 2040

At Sue Ryder, we currently provide over 2.7 million hours of expert medical, practical and emotional support each and every year.

It is no surprise to us that it is anticipated that the number of people requiring palliative care will increase significantly over the next 25 years.

This clearly spells out to all of us working in end of life care just how much needs to change between now and then.

With so many more people being affected, we need to make sure that the main focus remains on the quality of life, giving every person the opportunity to spend the time they have left in the way they choose. At Sue Ryder we see beyond the condition to the individual, supporting people to have choice and control over their care.

When asked, the majority of people, some 82%, say that they would like to die at home. There is also evidence that only just over half of people (some 54%) actually get their wish.

At Sue Ryder, we are working to support people in their choice of their end of life care and setting.

Read BMC Medicine's report 'How many people will need palliative care in 2040?'

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