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Funding change puts future of Catholic hospice at risk
January 13th, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice asks for help in fight for survival
Catholics are being urged to rally in support of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank after new rules on government funding of palliative care threatened its future. A statement released this week on Facebook by the hospice, Scotland’s largest and oldest, said they faced a ‘crisis’ and begged supporters to attend a public meeting next week to fight to protect its future. The special meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council was called as it emerged new regulation could see some people having to pay for their care at the hospice. Plans to means test patient ability to pay could contradict the hospice’s charity status, which is worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in tax relief and is contingent on its care being free to all. The 60-bed hospice is currently funded through a mixture of charitable activity and financial support from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Unique among hospices in Scotland, St Margaret’s provides... continue reading.