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Patients dying in pain warning.

MORE than 12,500 cancer patients are dying in pain every year, a charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support said almost one in 10 people in England who died from or with cancer in 2014 spent the last 48 hours of their lives in pain.

It is calling on the Government to respond to an independent review published a year ago which called for an overhaul of end-of-life care.

So far, ministers have failed to issue a response to the major report from experts at the National Council for Palliative Care, Marie Curie, the Royal College of GPs, Hospice UK and Public Health England, among others.

One of the key recommendations was for every local area to establish 24/7 end-of-life care for people being cared for outside hospital.

For its latest figures, Macmillan analysed the responses of more than 6,700 people who took part in the survey.

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Date:Feb 15, 2016
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