‘Excellent’ hospice cash-strapped21 January 2013
A Catholic hospice is struggling for funding despite a glowing report from Healthcare Improvement Scotland, a new "scrutiny and improvement" body for the NHS.
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank was rated "excellent" in five areas of its recent inspection. But despite this it receives less NHS funding than other hospices.
Professor Leo Martin, the chairman of the hospice's board of directors said: "Frankly, the Greater Glasgow Health Board should be beating a path to our door, asking how we manage to do it with the funding we have."
At present, St Margaret of Scotland receives £1,125,000 per annum from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde for the provision of 26 beds, as opposed to the £1,118,000 for eight beds received by the Accord hospice in Paisley. Professor Martin said that the hospice was funded according to an historical baseline.
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