Petition is successful with 10,126 signatures
To: The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
Save the Michael Sobell Hospice.
UPDATE 03/03/19 Great news!
The Clinical Commissioning Group announced that they are recommissioning end of life care in the borough. The new, improved, service will involve reopening the Michael Sobell Hospice as soon as the necessary formalities and essential refurbishment work can be completed. The planned service will not only provide for people who wish to die in a hospice environment but also for those who wish to die at home. Harlington Hospice have already built up an exemplary track record for supporting the latter. They have received a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission for all of their assessment criteria.
East and North Herts announced their intention of withdrawing from running the Michael Sobell Hospice in the future. However they said that they are prepared to discuss how they can work with the new provider. Harlington Hospice are very keen to be commissioned for this role. They have the full backing of the Michael Sobell Hospice Charity and the two are already having regular meetings to see how they might be able to work together to the best effect.
Councillor John Riley, who chaired the meeting, said that the Michael Sobell Hospice Charity was at last able to tell its supporters that it is ‘business as usual’. When the hospice very soon reopens it will be able to provide all the holistic care with which the name Michael Sobell has become associated over the years, but coupled with more flexibility and greater choice for its patients. The Michael Sobell Hospice Charity is now in a position to re-engage with its supporters and resume its essential role in financially supporting the end of life care the local community values so highly.