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Dawn Primarolo to visit St Peter's Hospice, Knowle

Dawn Primarolo, Minister for Public Health and Labour MP for Bristol South, is to visit St Peter's Hospice in Knowle. Ms Primarolo will be meeting Malcolm Fellowes Freeman, Chief Executive of St Peter's Hospice, and Martin Harker, Vice Chairman, to discuss her portfolio and will then be meeting staff and patients at the Day Hospice.

Malcolm Fellowes Freeman said: "We are delighted to welcome Ms Primarolo to the Hospice and look forward to hearing how Labour plans to increase funding for hospice care in the UK. St Peter's is the only adult hospice in Bristol and provides specialised care free of charge to over 1600 people every year with incurable cancer and other life limiting illnesses. The cost of providing this unique and specialised service to the people of Bristol is £4.8m and we currently receive approx £1m from the Primary Care Trust. Care of the dying is starting to be a valued element of healthcare and her visit will raise the profile further".

Ms Primarolo said: "The support provided by St Peter's Hospice to patients and their families is, I know, hugely valued by everyone in the local community. So, it's great to be visiting the Knowle Hospice again to meet patients and congratulate staff on their excellent work. While I am there, I also look forward to learning about the £185,000 of improvements being funded at Knowle and £120,000 at Brentry through the Dignity in Care programme, and will offer whatever backing I can as they seek to develop in the future".

[8 October 2007]

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