Shortage of specialist nurses at Demelza Hospice 'jeopardising' core services

The chief executive of one of the South East's biggest children's hospices says a shortage of specialist nurses is jeopardising core services, including end-of-life care.

Ryan Campbell, Chief Executive Officer at Demelza Hospice in Sittingbourne, was responding to a report, by the children's charity Together for Short Lives, warning of a 'crisis' in the recruitment of palliative care nurses trained in pain-relief.

Mr Campbell says care at its hospice in Sittingbourne has not been affected so far but he fears for the future.

Ryan Campbell, CEO, Demelza Hospice

The charity Together for Short Lives says a government investment of £1.3 billion a year in recruitment and training is needed to reverse the crisis.

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