Deaths from liver disease rising
More people are dying from liver disease than ever before, according to a national report generated by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.
An overview and a link to the full report are available from the National End of Life Care Programme's website.
It shows that deaths from liver disease occur at a younger age and that more than a third were caused by alcohol-related liver disease. Compared to patients dying from other causes, a higher proportion of patients die in hospital; this is attributable to the complex needs of patients with liver disease.
Professor Martin Lombard, National Clinical Director for Liver Disease, reminded people that the "key drivers for the increasing numbers of deaths from liver disease are all preventable, such as alcohol, obesity, hepatitis C and hepatitis B. We must focus our efforts and tackle this problem sooner rather than later.”