Struggling Bury Hospice hoping for extra cash from health bosses

Bury Hospice

Bury Hospice

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STRUGGLING Bury Hospice will find out whether health chiefs can ease its cash crisis next week.

Earlier this month, trustees at the £5 million centre in Rochdale Old Road revealed it was falling behind the £3 million a year needed to keep it running.

The cabinet of Bury’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will decide whether or not to grant the hospice extra funding on August 6.

It is understood the NHS currently provides the hospice with about £300,000 a year, equivalent to 10 per cent of its overall expenditure.

Stuart North, group chief officer of the CCG, said a proposal from Bury Hospice featuring a number of different options would be considered by the cabinet.

He said: “This will allow Bury Hospice, whose own board will meet after August 6, to consider the implications of any offer.”

NHS Bury faces its own estimated £60 million shortfall over the next few years due to underfunding of about £20 million per year.

The new Bury Hospice opened its doors last March after a three year fundraising campaign to move from its previous base in Dumers Lane, Radcliffe.

Jacqui Comber, chief executive of Bury Hospice, said she would be attending the meeting to answer any further questions from the panel.

She said: “We will find out the result on the day, and once we know the result there will be a meeting with trustees and with all our staff and volunteers.

“The staff and volunteers are aware the proposal has been submitted, and they will be the first people to know the outcome.”

Earlier this month a Save Our Hospice campaign was launched by Cllr James Frith, Labour’s candidate for Bury North in next year’s general election.

At a meeting of Bury’s CCG earlier this month, Cllr Frith urged governors to commit to helping the hospice “in its greatest time of need”.

He said: “We know NHS Bury is being let down by the Government, which is withholding £20 million of funding every year. With more than 4,000 signatures and an increase in donations online and into Bury Hospice shops since the Save Bury Hospice campaign was launched, no one can deny the huge support there is for a sustained hospice for the future.”

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9:45pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Babbar Divino says...

To be honest if I were a "Health Chief" I wouldn't be committing any money to the hospice until an inquiry has been held into the serious allegations of mismanagement, certainly not whilst the current management have their hands on the purse strings.

If the current management had any real interest in saving the hospice they would stand aside immediately until an inquiry has been held as they have lost the confidence of the people who put their hands in their pockets and give their spare time.
To be honest if I were a "Health Chief" I wouldn't be committing any money to the hospice until an inquiry has been held into the serious allegations of mismanagement, certainly not whilst the current management have their hands on the purse strings. If the current management had any real interest in saving the hospice they would stand aside immediately until an inquiry has been held as they have lost the confidence of the people who put their hands in their pockets and give their spare time. Babbar Divino
  • Score: 17

11:55am Sat 2 Aug 14

6ef6a424@opayq.com says...

The problem with this project is that it is just too expensive to operate, we cannot afford to run it. It's one thing to raise the money to build it and quite another to pay wages to staff. Personally when my clog popping time comes I think I would rather be at home with suitable staff to help when required and not in a (State of the Art) totally sterile environment. Maybe the time has come just to pull the plug on the whole thing.
The problem with this project is that it is just too expensive to operate, we cannot afford to run it. It's one thing to raise the money to build it and quite another to pay wages to staff. Personally when my clog popping time comes I think I would rather be at home with suitable staff to help when required and not in a (State of the Art) totally sterile environment. Maybe the time has come just to pull the plug on the whole thing. 6ef6a424@opayq.com
  • Score: 4

4:11pm Wed 6 Aug 14

White Admiral says...

I agree totally with Babbar Divino. Indeed no one with any sense would not commit any more money unless the Management and the Trusteees could adequaltely answer to the serious allegations and facts that have recently come to light. I was hoping that the Bury Times would commit to a more in depth investiagation into what exactly has been going on at the Hospice. I fear that this may not happen but to be honest the Charities Commission need to be aware of the issues. It does not appear that the trustees and managers will "fall on their swords" and do the honorable thing. The difficulty would be to force them to and they will know this. At the end of the day they have made the decisions that have created this mess and no one can blame anyone for not contributing to the continued runing of the Hospice, which is a great shame for the Borough, who have supported the Hospice over the years.
I agree totally with Babbar Divino. Indeed no one with any sense would not commit any more money unless the Management and the Trusteees could adequaltely answer to the serious allegations and facts that have recently come to light. I was hoping that the Bury Times would commit to a more in depth investiagation into what exactly has been going on at the Hospice. I fear that this may not happen but to be honest the Charities Commission need to be aware of the issues. It does not appear that the trustees and managers will "fall on their swords" and do the honorable thing. The difficulty would be to force them to and they will know this. At the end of the day they have made the decisions that have created this mess and no one can blame anyone for not contributing to the continued runing of the Hospice, which is a great shame for the Borough, who have supported the Hospice over the years. White Admiral
  • Score: 8

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