Hospice charities meet MPs to highlight ‘unsustainable’ funding model

Four major palliative care charities gave oral evidence today at a Health and Social Care Committee meeting on hospice funding, describing the current funding model as ‘unsustainable’, risking hospice closures.

At the meeting, MPs considered whether funding for hospices is sufficient to meet demand and followed the committee’s major report on assisted dying, which urged the government to commit to additional funding, guaranteeing support for hospices in need.

Giving evidence was Toby Porter, CEO at Hospice UK, Ruth Driscoll, Director for Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, Dr Syed Qama Abbas, Medical Director at St Clare’s Hospice and James Cooper, Head of External Affairs at Together for Short Lives.

Watch the full session here.