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Volume 50 Number 35, September 12, 2020 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

Health Care Is a Right

Petition on End-Of-Life Palliative Care Presented to Parliament

A petition fighting for the reopening of St Clare's in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, has been presented to Parliament.

The South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) preparing to decide the future of end-of-life care in South Tyneside has been urged to "listen to the people", a report in the Newcastle Chronicle states.

On September 8, a petition signed by more than 13,500 people in the Jarrow constituency fighting for the reopening of Jarrow's former St Clare's Hospice site was formally presented to parliament. Kate Osborne, MP for Jarrow, in presenting the petition, insisted questions remain over why the building continues to sit empty more than a year since it closed after the charity collapsed into insolvency.

"St. Clare's provided a vital service for three decades and its closure has had a devastating impact on our local community," she said. "The Primrose Terrace building was purpose built, peaceful and tranquil with beautiful views from each room. The building is ideal in my opinion and with the right plan in place, I strongly feel that there is no reason why a palliative care service cannot be restored to the former St. Clare's site."

She added: "I have already told the decision makers there is such a strong level of public support to bring Palliative care back to Jarrow that they really must listen to the people of this area and what they actually want."

The South Tyneside CCG has suggested that the former Jarrow-based hospice charity could be replaced with a new "spoke and hub" system which it claims would offer more home and community care.

The campaign to return palliative care to Primrose Terrace in Jarrow has been widely supported, which is also a testament to the hard work and fighting spirit of the campaigners. For example, staff at UTS Engineering based at the Bede Industrial Estate and at Westoe Travel among many others have supported the demand.

The Petition on Palliative care at Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, states:

The petition of residents of the constituency of Jarrow

Declares that it is vital that high quality, compassionate palliative and end-of-life care is accessible across the country;
further declares that each person who is nearing the end of their life should feel safe in the knowledge they will receive the very best care and be supported to die peacefully and painlessly;
notes that in the Jarrow constituency, St Clare's hospice collapsed into insolvency in January 2019 after more than 30 years, leaving the borough without an end-of-life care facility;
and further notes that a petition requesting to keep palliative care at the Primrose Terrace site in Jarrow, rather than setting up an alternative site elsewhere within the borough, has received 13,500 signatures.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to support the NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group in reopening the St Clare’s hospice site at Primrose Terrace, Jarrow.

And the petitioners remain, etc.


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