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Palliative care charity leads the way

19th December 2005

Sue Ryder Care has become the first voluntary care provider to bring in new healthcare regulations and update working and pay conditions for its employees.

The palliative care charity believes the changes will allow the organisation to continue providing high levels of care across the UK.

Designed to standardise working conditions and contracts amongst all healthcare professionals, Agenda for Change is expected to have a major impact on the industry, increasing the need for charities to stay up to date.

"For Sue Ryder Care to continue to grow and increase our standing as a provider of high quality and innovative care, we believe that we need to offer employment packages that attract and keep the best staff," explained director of healthcare, Stephen Collinson.

Mr Collinson emphasised the importance of retaining high quality staff to ensure people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Huntington's Disease are properly cared for.

"The voluntary sector provides 80 per cent of all palliative care in the UK, " he added.

"It is no longer viable to see us as simply a cheap option, and health and social care professionals in the sector should not expect to be paid less than their contemporaries who engage in similar roles."