Hospice in fundrais­ing name row

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - MELANIE PETERS

A ROW IS brew­ing be­tween South Africa’s es­tab­lished hospice as­so­ci­a­tion and a new or­gan­i­sa­tion over the use of the word “hospice”.

The Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care As­so­ci­a­tion has warned in a state­ment that its reg­is­tered mem­ber hos­pices through­out South Africa are in no way as­so­ci­ated with the two-mon­thold SA Hospice.

As­so­ci­a­tion head Dr Liz Gwyther, told Week­end Ar­gus the new body’s cre­den­tials were “un­cer­tain”.

She said they were concerned that it had used the good name of hospice to elicit funds from an un­sus­pect­ing pub­lic, and claimed it was re­tain­ing large com­mis­sions.

But SA Hospice di­rec­tor Ron­nie Goven­der said they were un­der the aus­pices of reg­is­tered NGO, Ever Last­ing Mercy Project.

“We are rais­ing funds for hos­pices which need fund­ing,” he said.

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