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28 August 2014 | by Melanie McDonagh

We need to talk

Is it unreasonable to ask elderly people where they would prefer to die and how? Some individuals think so, judging by the adverse reaction to an initiative from NHS England A friend of mine who works for a GP practice is helping with a project run by NHS England to shift some of the care of the elderly – or rather, some of the administration – from hospitals to GPs. It involves asking old people about their well-being, their concerns, their care, all rather intimate stuff. A couple of the concluding questions are about death: would the patient like to die at home or in hospital; what about artificial resuscitation in the event of a stroke, or other immediately life-threatening event? Some people can be thrown by all this. One lady looked at the doctor who put the question to


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