Palliative Care

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 15 May 2024.

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Photo of Peter Gibson Peter Gibson Conservative, Darlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to collect data on people admitted to hospital for palliative care in order to understand the (a) demand and (b) needs for palliative care.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England collects data on the number of people admitted to hospital with a palliative care diagnosis. However, this does not clearly indicate the reason for admission. The following table shows the numbers of patients identified as being admitted to hospital and having a palliative care diagnosis, for each of the past five years:

Year

Palliative care diagnosis

2018/19

94,000

2019/20

98,052

2020/21

98,736

2021/22

102,032

2022/23

102,795

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