Swindon MP weighs in on hospice care debate

By Barrie Hudson - 17 April 2024

  • South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland

    South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland

South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland says he is keen to speak in a forthcoming Parliamentary debate on funding for hospice care.

The debate was scheduled for 15 April but has been postponed.

Many hospices throughout the country say they do not have the necessary funds to provide as much palliative care as their communities need.

In recent days Prospect Hospice in Wroughton, which relies on public donations and charitable fundraising activities for the overwhelming majority of its funding, announced a £1m shortfall.

Sir Robert Buckland said: "Ever since first becoming a Member of Parliament here in South Swindon back in 2010, I have worked very closely with the dedicated team at the Prospect Hospice.

“Since 1980, Prospect Hospice has been working hard to provide an excellent dedicated end-of-life care service for people here in South Swindon and beyond, providing a broad range of services to thousands of patients, carers, and family members every year.

“I regularly visit Prospect Hospice to meet with the team, as well as promoting the work of the Hospice in Parliament, and I have also enjoyed taking part in many fundraising events on behalf of the charity over the years."

The MP said he was very keen to speak in the planned Hospice Debate, in strong support of what he described as an excellent charity, and was disappointed when the debate was withdrawn due to insufficient time. 

He added: "However, it is vital that this very important debate is given the time that it rightly needs and deserves.

“I will be watching closely for the new Hospice Debate date to be announced, and I still very much hope to be able to take part, on behalf of the many local residents who have contacted me about this issue, as well as the wonderful team at the Prospect Hospice.”



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