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Specialist care for the terminally ill in Wales

December 1st 2014

Image of an elderly patient being cared for

Every year in Wales about 32,000 people die.  Palliative care provides help with physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of living with a terminal illness, and some sort of palliative care is thought to be of benefit to around three-quarters of all people who die.

This report, written in partnership with Marie Curie Wales, uses unique NHS data on every person who died in 2012. It finds that only 17% of people dying received specialist palliative care, with general palliative care being unlikely to make up the short fall in provision.  People in their last year of life also make heavy use of NHS services, accounting for 1 million bed days in 2012.

Infographic with stats on death and dying in Wales

People with non-cancer diagnoses, older people and people living in some areas of Wales are all much less likely to receive specialist palliative care than those with cancer, younger people and people in some health boards. Surprisingly, deprivation does not appear to have an effect on access to specialist palliative care.

The report is available for download below.

There is also an infographic in English or Cymraeg.

Pages:  23pp

Format: PDF

Language: English

Price: Free



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