“More hospice beds will close in the South West unless the way they are funded changes, according to both the Royal College of Nursing and hospices themselves.
The organisations are calling for an urgent review following news two weeks ago that a 12-bed unit at St Margaret’s hospice in Yeovil was to close due to pressure on staffing and finances.
Hospice UK said two in three hospices across England were operating at a deficit and many planned to cut services.
It said government funding had only increased by 3% over the last 10 years, and hospices were having to rely more and more on their charity shops and money left in wills. …”