Call to increase hospice funding

Indira Das-Gupta

Nearly 80 per cent of respondents to a Help the Hospices Mori poll believe the Government should give hospices at least 50 per cent of their funding.

In practice, hospices receive only 26 per cent of their funding from the Government, despite a commitment made in 2004 to pay them by results.

"There is no consistency or equality of funding, and the whole system creates an unnecessary burden for hospices," said David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices.

"We are not expecting the NHS to pay for everything, but it should pay for the services that it asks hospices to provide," he added.

The survey results will be used in local campaigning by independent hospices and to lobby the main political parties.

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