St Francis Hospice in R2m trouble

Shaanaaz de Jager

ST Francis Hospice in Port Elizabeth is in financial trouble and needs more than R2-million to operate for the remainder of this year.

Only by securing the funds will they still be in a position to serve the community.

And more than 10 “core staff members” at the hospice could lose their jobs this year if the funds – ideally at least R2.5-million – are not secured.

“If we retrench staff it will have a negative impact on the communities who rely on the service,” hospice board chairwoman and legal adviser Professor Andre Mukheibir said.

“This will be a big problem. Hospice provides palliative care to people who can’t afford to hire a private nurse or go to a hospital. We have consulted staff members about the desperate position we are in,” Mukheibir said.

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