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Do NHS changes stop hospices 'doing more'?


The hospice movement is to flag up concerns that reforms to the NHS are affecting its work.

The amount of time managers are having to spend filling in paperwork has shot up - at the expense of one to one care.

Lord Howard, who chairs the charity Help the Hospices, is meeting the health secretary to discuss it today.

Dr Ros Taylor, chief executive of St Francis Hospice in Hertfordshire, told the Today programme's Justin Webb: "The more our nurses, social workers and doctors have to spend filling in forms and phoning and faxing, then that's less time [they spend] with patients."

Lord Howard said he is "immensely proud" of what hospices do, and they "could do so much more" if they were given the remit.

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