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Stop the closure of Pembridge Hospice Beds

We the undersigned oppose the threatened closure of 13 hospice beds in the In Patient Palliative Care Unit, St Charles Hospital, Ladbroke Grove. The beds are used by people with a life-limiting illness for respite, symptom control and care in the last days of life. They have been closed ‘temporarily’ because of staff shortages but now policy makers are claiming they are unnecessary and that beds can be found elsewhere. However, alternative hospices are under pressure themselves and difficult for many to access. At the end of their lives people and their loved ones need care that’s familiar and easily reached. Many who use Pembridge come from areas of high deprivation and it’s wrong that yet again their services are targeted. The Pembridge is well-regarded and well-used – its beds should be saved.