$20m for hospice care

17:00, Aug 14 2014

Without Hospice Southland, Peter Stewart wouldn't have coped.

He has been in and out of the hospice and looked after at his home since January.

And he is one of thousands throughout the country being looked after by hospice services.

The Government announced this week that it would invest an extra $20 million a year to provide more hospice palliative care services - of that money, Southland and Otago will receive about $1.3m next year.

The funding boost would include $13m to help the 29 hospices throughout the country expand their community palliative care services.

Hospice Southland patient Peter Stewart said the organisation's nurses had helped with pain control and were reassuring when he was at home.

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He wouldn't have coped without Hospice Southland, he said.

Hospice Southland chief executive Andrew Leys said the money would be targeted at helping people in their homes and in aged-care facilities.

The funding boost was an endorsement of the work the hospice was already doing and would enable it to do more, he said.

Southland staff looked after 120 people in their homes. The facility had a capacity of six.

With extra funding, Hospice Southland would hiremore staff members, Leys said. He hoped all political parties would support the initiative.

The Southland Times