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The lifetime risk of death is 100%. As every Terry Pratchett fan knows, if we do somehow elude cause A, on date A, in place A, the Grim Reaper will probably reschedule soon enough. We know the main causes and places of death in the UK, and they don’t really fluctuate much. Almost half a million of us die annually; usually when we are quite old.  In this beautiful infographic, our causes of death look almost floral. Most of us take our last breaths in a hospital bed, succumbing to cardiovascular, cancer or respiratory causes- typically after spending 12.9 days in […]
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2015 and 2030 compared This infographic displays data from the World Health Organization’s “Projections of mortality and causes of death, 2015 and 2030”. The report details all deaths in 2015 by cause and makes predictions for 2030, giving an impression of how global health will develop over the next 14 years. Also featured is data from geoba.se showing how life expectancy will change between now and 2030. All percentages shown have been calculated relative to projected changes in population growth.

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Avoidable deaths?  No such thing.   Death can only be postponed. Will hospital mortality league tables  be a good thing?  Well the link between poor care and premature death seems to be weak. My local hospital (Wythenshawe) did a case note review of all 1440 deaths in the hospital between July 2013 and July 2014. They concluded that there was a potentially preventable mortality  (grades 4-6 as per the BMJ paper) of 1.1%.  The clinicians (and I) thought this exercise was well worth doing, though there were substantial costs. But 1420 of the people who died in the hospital had […]
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As if meeting your maker was not enough bad news itself, it seems that the cost of dying has soared by more than seven times the rate of inflation in the last year. Fuel poverty has often grabbed the headlines in recent times but funeral poverty is actually quite a big issue and if you haven’t made provisions to leave enough money for your burial by taking out life insurance, then it could well be that you can’t really afford to die. Funeral funding shortfall It is estimated that funeral poverty, which can be used to identify the total amount […]
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Promoting patient choice at the end of life  Labour’s health and care policy recognises that “users, their families and the public are at the heart of local health and care services”. To that end the policy stresses the importance of respecting a person’s choice of care setting at the end of life, with the ambition of making it possible for people to die at home surrounded by their family. This is a welcome commitment; but it is important to recognise that personal control at the end of life extends beyond choice of care setting and includes choice and control over […]
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