Hospice founders hoping for quick solution for Katie Rose

AS THE fallout from the closure of Sunshine Hospice starts to become clearer the organisation's founders say they hope a quick fix can have the hospice re-open.

Sue Story, one of the co-founders of the Sunshine Hospice, released a statement on behalf of herself and fellow founder Terry Clarke-Burrows, in response to the news on Tuesday the hospice would be closing indefinitely due to financial difficulties.

"As I haven't been involved in the hospice charity for the past two years, I am unable to comment on the recent closure of the cottage except to say how saddened Terry and I are to hear of the closure," the statement read.

"We do hope that sufficient govt (sic) funding is forthcoming to allow terminally ill people in our community to receive holistic palliative care in Katie Rose Cottage."

A statement from Queensland Health received by the Daily yesterday said any state funding had to be administered according to the State Procurement Policy, to enable transparency and effective financial management.

The statement said while organisation could submit for funding outside of normal avenues, the Health Department did not keep a register of organisation seeking funding.

It went on to explain the bailout funding given to Sunshine Hospice in November had been to ensure the short-term future of the hospice and enable the organisation to implement a more financially sustainable business model.



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