Traditional In-patient Hospices are not viable in small populations


An article in The Western Telegraph this week is illuminating for those people who feel that an in-patient hospice option needs to be provided all over the country. Traditional In-patient Hospices are not viable in small populations.

Becky Hotchin reports on 8th October 2014: Charity distributes wealth.

NHSreality is delighted that some of this well intentioned money will remain in the community. A Fishguard Hospice (or for that matter any community of this size or smaller) is not possible unless a multi millionaire leaves sufficient capital for the interest alone to fund the hospice….

Hospice at home is the answer in rural communities. Resources do need to be rationed and this is the most sensible way to do it. If only it was overt…

This entry was posted in A Personal View, Rationing, Stories in the Media on by .

About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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