Rodney P Jones
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 11, Iss. 2, 01 Feb 2019, pp 77 - 79

In the January issue of Journal of Paramedic Practice, I discussed how the nearness to death effect meant that around 50% of a person's lifetime hospital inpatient demand was compressed into their last year of life ( Jones, 2019). Planning in the NHS currently relies on the erroneous assumption that demand is entirely a result of age and deprivation. A recent study has demonstrated however that omission of the absolute number of deaths from the NHS funding formula leads to the incorrect allocation of funds (Jones and Kellett, 2018).

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