Commenting on today’s story in The Times about hospice executive pay, Craig Duncan, Director of Finance and Operations at Hospice UK said:
“Senior hospice staff are responsible for the provision of expert care to 360,000 terminally ill and dying people and their families each year and for leading a complex range of services to support them. It is important to attract and retain the highest calibre of staff to lead and deliver these services.
“Most hospices are independent charities, which as care providers require highly skilled clinical staff. In addition to chief executives, hospice senior management teams often include palliative care consultants, whose salaries are usually based on NHS pay scales, and other highly qualified senior clinicians.
“Hospices across the country provide vital care free of charge for terminally ill and dying adults and children and also their families, including a wide range of services such as in-patient care, day care, hospice at home services and bereavement support.”
Notes to editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at@ehospicenews.
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