More than 200 people died in Northern Ireland’s hospitals in 2018 while waiting to be discharged.
A report by the charity Marie Curie also showed delayed discharges resulted in patients spending thousands of extra days in hospital.
This was despite the patients being declared ready to go home.
The Health and Social Care Board said ensuring all patients were able to either return home or to a community setting was a key priority.
Some of the patients had a terminal illness, such as cancer or a respiratory condition.
Others may have been approaching the natural end of their lives.
In Northern Ireland in 2018
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Source: Marie Curie (using