Sign the petition here: www.yeovil-libdems.org.uk/st_margarets
Mick Clark, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Yeovil has launched a petition calling on the Somerset CCG and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to provide funding to ensure that the in-patient unit at St Margaret’s Hospice can remain open. Mick said:
“The closure of the in-patient unit of St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil would be a real loss to the town.
“With Yeovil increasing in population and with an aging population, local hospice care is more important than ever.
“It is also a blow to the hard working staff whose jobs are now at risk. St Margaret’s do fantastic work in the community and they should receive the support they need to continue to do so.
“The situation has arisen because of funding issues stemming from the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SOMPAR).
“St Margaret’s was promised a 2.7% uplift on their annual grant from the CCG which was due in April and which has not been delivered. SOMPAR has also taken away the charities continuous healthcare funding which amounts to a loss of £150,000 per year.
“If this funding was restored then St Margaret’s would be more able to keep providing its excellent in-patient services to the community.
“Myself and Yeovil Liberal Democrats have launched a petition calling for this funding to be restored. We want to show the depth of support that the community has for St Margaret’s Hospice.”
You can sign the petition at www.yeovil-libdems.org.uk/st_margaret