St Margaret’s Hospice in Somerset has today announced that it is consulting with staff on the proposed remodel of services, including the reduction of beds to a single in-patient unit.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, CEO of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“These are tough times for hospices. Many are struggling financially and facing major fundraising challenges due to a difficult and uncertain economic climate and unsustainable and patchy funding from the NHS.
“Hospice UK is concerned about the outlook for hospices and the fact that the majority of their income is so heavily reliant on the generosity of local people and businesses.
“We will continue to work with the NHS and Government to build the case for more support for hospices so they can provide vital care to everyone who needs it, as well as highlighting the need for greater investment across end of life care services as a whole. This is necessary to provide the levels of care required, support the recruitment of specialist staff and help develop more community-based services.”
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