‘Hospice services need investment’ – McDevitt

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Monday, April 22nd, 2013
SDLP Health Spokesman Conall McDevitt MLA has met with the senior management team of the Southern Area Hospice, who outlined the difficulties facing the Hospice, particularly in relation to raising vital funds. “I will be working with other parties to bring forward a motion from the Health Committee that will call for a new funding model for hospices. “Hospices such as the Southern Area Hospice have to raise huge sums of money every year via fundraising activity and for the Southern Area Hospice they have to raise £2.3 million each year just to keep the doors open. McDevitt was accompanied by MLA’s Karen McKevitt and Dominic Bradley and the SDLP Council Group Leader, Cllr Connaire McGreevy. A spokesperson for the Hospice said, “Southern Area Hospice was delighted to host a delegation of senior politicians from the SDLP including MLA’s, Councillors and members of the Health Committee. “It is important for a charitable organisation such as Southern Area Hospice to remain at the forefront of the political agenda both locally and nationally. “We had a very interesting discussion around the impact of the economic recession on charities and the forthcoming changes in the health service with the implementation of ‘Transforming Your Care’. The Hospice spokesperson added, “It was fantastic to have the delegation see first-hand the high level of care provided by the Hospice here as we need our local politicians to understand the work we do and to be lobbying for additional support and funding.”
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