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NHS changes are 'hindering hospices', claims charity


Around half of hospices have signed or have been asked to sign an NHS contract. This has meant hospices have been required to replace relatively straightforward service delivery agreements with a complex, lengthy contract that is not reflective of local needs and experience and which cannot be tailored to these, the charity said. AND On average only a third of hospice costs are covered by the NHS - although funding levels vary across the country - with the rest coming from charitable funds. Some hospices have literature which pretty much states 'If you live around here and are dying, you can die with us for free' and if most funding is from charity, the NHS should not be dictating how hospices behave.

Posted date

20 June, 2013

Posted time

2:01 pm