A hospice in Yeovil has announced its plans to close inpatient beds, resulting in a call for an overhaul in how hospices are funded.
St Margaret's Hospice Care's plans would see its 12 spaces in the town removed with four added at its base in Taunton. The national charity Hospice UK has said more funding should come from the government.
Up to fifty members of staff at a Somerset hospice are at risk of being made redundant as the charity battles “an increasingly unsustainable financial position”.
But people in South Somerset are fighting to stop the closures with thousands having signed a petition against it.
The charity's bosses say they're not in financial crisis - but are being forced to make tough choices early.
Nearly one third of St Margaret's Hospice's funding comes from the NHS - the charity relies heavily on the generosity of local people and also on its retail outlets for the rest of the funding.
Like many charities across the UK, both retail and fundraising teams have found funding squeezed in recent times.
St Margaret's is one of over two hundred of its kind in the country. The charity Hospice UK says around eighty per cent of those are facing a financial deficit this year.
It's an emotional time for those whose lives St Margaret's Hospice have touched. Caroline's husband Steve was given end of life care in Yeovil.
Somerset's Clinical Commissioning Group say that they will continue to work with the hospice, but also support a 'your own bed is best' policy.
A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Social Care said the NHS are working with Hospice UK to help local areas provide the care that best fits them.
St Margaret's Hospice has tried to raise funding through various ways in recent years - even opening a funeral directors in Taunton. If these proposals become reality, it hopes to secure its future.