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Trust chaplaincy service secured
The chaplaincy service at a health trust has been secured after a U-turn.

The League of Friends has paid for it since Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust stopped funding chaplains due to financial constraints.

The trust will pay for the service from the end of 2008 at its three hospitals following a two-year break.

Two chaplains in total cover the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester, Kidderminster Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

'Very difficult moments'

A spokeswoman for the trust said its previous decision to stop funding the service was only meant to be a temporary measure.

The acting Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend David Walker, said the news sends "a very positive signal" to health trusts around the country.

Bishop Walker said: "At times when perhaps around a death or around a difficult birth or when someone's given very hard news to take, they need to make sense of that.

"(They need to) reflect on that in terms of their faith and the chaplain is somebody who is trained and accustomed to doing that and is able to help them through those often very difficult moments."

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