HUNDREDS of thousands of people in Britain die from chronic diseases each year without proper support from the NHS, it was said today.
The Commons Health Committee - chaired by Wakefield Labour MP David Hinchliffe - found wide regional variations in the treatment of people dying from diseases such as cancer.
Many patients are being denied the right to die at home, rather than in hospital.
Mr Hinchliffe said: "The right to a good death should be fund- amental.
"Care and respect of those with terminal illness is a key indicator of society's values.
"We hear much of the `choice' agenda in the NHS at present.
"But for those who are terminally ill, choices are not being realised," he added.
Many of the 55% of people who died in hospital would prefer to die at home, said Mr Hinchliffe.
"A number of barriers prevent them. We would like to see more done to support people in their own homes," he said.
The committee called on the Government to introduce paid leave for carers.
This would allow much more care to be provided at home by friends and relatives.
The report also highlighted `unseemly' arguments about who should pay for elements of a patient's care.
The MPs also said they found "worrying evidence of inequities" in providing palliative services.