Skip to main content

Ellenor Foundation

EDM (Early Day Motion) 844A1: tabled on 05 April 1990

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 2 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Dale Campbell-Savours on 04 April 1990. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

Leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes the excellent voluntary support given by the Ellenor Foundation to the dying and their families in the Dartford and Gravesham Health District, which supplements the nursing services provided in accordance with Government policy by the district nurses employed by the district health authority; recognises that there is no question of the withdrawal of specialist services for dying patients and their families in the district; notes the current negotiations whereby the district health authority will continue to give financial assistance to this charity; and deplores the ill-informed and trouble-making meddling in other constituencies by some honourable Members for purely party political purposes, which creates unnecessary anxiety to families in distressing circumstances.'.

Original motion text

That this House deplores the decision by Dartford and Gravesham Health Authority to withdraw financial support from the Ellenor Foundation, Hospice Case Team, a registered charity; notes that this will lead to the loss of two out of 4.5 of its home care nursing staff; contrasts the Minister of Health's recently stated wish for 'authorities to work towards a full partnership which matches voluntary giving towards hospice services', with the reality that there will be no financial contribution whatsoever to a specialist service for dying patients and their families in the district; recognises that these and other serious cuts arose from the health authority's ú562000 deficit, which effectively bankrupted the authority, so that, at one point, reportedly consultants bizarrely had to pay staff out of their own pockets in the absence of pay cheques; and questions whether the Secretary of State's reaction in appointing a merchant banker as the new District Health Authority Chairman, generally characterises his response to the National Health Service funding crises nationally.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.