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HospiceGETTYHospices have been struggling to find funding to provide care for patients

The hospice movement told Sky News that one in four people who needed end-of-life care were not receiving it because of funding pressures.

Hospices, most of which are charities, reportedly receive on average just one-third of their funding from the NHS and rely on donations, shops and investments for the rest.

Britain's 200 hospices treat around 200,000 people every year but the UK’s ageing population is putting a further strain on their services.

And Hospice UK claim two-thirds of its health services had their NHS funding cut or frozen last year.

Hospice careGETTYBritain's 200 hospices treat around 200,000 people every year

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Jonathan Ellis, head of advocacy at Hospice UK, said: "What we really want to see is more stability and sustainability in funding.

"If we just look at last year, two-thirds of hospices had their funding cut or frozen, adding more pressure to hospices at precisely the time demand is growing and more people need the care hospices provide.

He added: ”At the moment the NHS spending an awful lot of money on very often not meeting the needs of those at the end of life very effectively.

“Half of people will die in a hospital bed when they don't have

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