Thursday, 07 May 2015

Peace Hospice Care is working with other charities to call on all the government for extra funding to improve end-of-life care

At Peace Hospice Care, we believe that everyone in our community should have free support at the end of their lives and be able to choose where to spend their last days.  However, all too often, we know this is sadly not the case.

So we are working hard with other charities to call on all the government and local MPs to ensure that the funding needs to improve end- of- life care are addressed.

According to recent research, two-thirds of people would choose to spend their last days in their own homes and a further 29% would prefer to be cared for in a hospice, rather than in hospital or a care home.

The sad reality, however, is that the vast majority of people do not end of their lives where they would choose to, with more than half of deaths occurring in NHS hospitals, only around 21% of people able to stay at home and just 5% able to access a hospice.

A  poll of health and social care professionals found that 73% agree some of the money spent on end- of- life care in hospitals could be better spent on social care services, like  those provided by hospices.  In fact, it has been found that hospital costs at the end of life can be more than five times the cost of social care in the community.

Despite this and the fact that NHS resources are increasingly stretched, we and many other hospices have not seen our statutory funding increase  in- line with the  growing demand for our services.  While we are working hard to change this, we remain heavily dependent on charitable income from local people and businesses to cover our costs. 

At present, we have to generate more than £4million every year from our local community.

Even this is not enough to achieve our vision of giving free care to all those who need us because, although we help around 1,500 people in South West Herts each year, we know there are many more who cannot access our services.

We rely on donations and gifts in wills, to continue our work.  Thank you for anything you can give.