Lynne Featherstone

MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

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North London Hospice

Had an interesting meeting with North London Hospice.

I have always been shocked – that end of life care (dying basically) is often left to charities rather than being part of the NHS and properly funded by them. The NHS funds about 30% of North London Hospice – but that clearly leaves a mega-gap to be funded by donations and bequests etc. In this recession their receipts are 30% down – so problems ahead. And when it is our relative dying – we want the best. If they can’t die at home – then hospital is not really the right place.

There is a proposal afoot – from the NHS – that when a dying person is referred to a hospice – a patients’ tariff should go with them to cover the costs of that referral – which seems an excellent idea to me. So I will definitely support this and see where Haringey PCT is on this and how soon it can be brought in.

The other thing that surprised me was that Haringey has no ‘end of life’ strategy. Our neighbouring boroughs do have such a strategy – which I believe is a requirement now by the Department of Health. So – equally – I am going to contact Haringey PCT to try and arrange a mini-summit to try and encourage them to enjoin with local partners and the North London Hospice to put forward an end of life strategy.

It’s the sort of thing we don’t much like thinking about – which is even more a reason to get it sorted!

Sun 30 August 2009
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Comments

  1. John says:

    I support your efforts here & in the wider debate on end of life care.

  2. Susanne says:

    Just spent a week by the bedside of somebody I love who was referred to the Marie Curie hospice near the Royal Free.

    It was a real shock to the system – had no idea it was funded by the donations.

    Was so stressful but at least she died Saturday in a friendly caring environment.

  3. Susanne – very sorry to hear about your friend. But for those who have close friends or family who do end their life in a hopsice – it is really clear how important such places are. Unbelievable that it is left to charity in this day and age.

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