A campaign group’s video of a patient dying in agony in a hospice has provoked outrage from doctors and nurses, who say it is ‘”scaremongering” and “sensationalist”.

Dignity in Dying, which produced the film, said it was “a realistic portrayal” of the deaths of a minority of people in the UK.

In a report, it claims 17 people die in pain every day, despite the best care.

Hospice UK said the video was “designed to frighten vulnerable patients”.

“This is misleading and irresponsible campaigning,” said chief executive Tracey Bleakley.

“A sensationalist and inaccurate video” had been released to publicise Dignity in Dying’s report, which was actually a “sensible report worthy of widespread discussion”, she said.

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