|The cost of hospital chaplaincy
North Wales NHS Trust £ 159,289 £ 170,144
Velindre NHS Trust £ 18,934 £ 19,514
Cwm Taf NHS Trust £ 46,093 £ 97,809
Abertawe bro Morgannwg £ 218,299 £ 216,642
Hywel Dda NHS Trust £ 63,185 £ 115,774
Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust £ 240,596 £ 251,483
North West Wales NHS Trust £ 95,429 £ 103,877
Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust £ 312,000 £ 300,845
Powys Local Health Board £ 35,228 £ 38,119
Betsi Cadwladr NHS Trust* £ 259,042 £ 221,619
Velindre NHS Trust# £ 57,162 £ 30,857
Cwm Taf NHS Trust £ 117,990 £ 111,974
Abertawe bro Morgannwg £ 214,000 £ 231,842
Hywel Dda NHS Trust £ 124,556 £ 131,000
Aneurin Bevan NHS Trust £ 259,910 £ 260,589
Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust# £ 293,158 £ 293,351
Powys Local Health Trust £ 46,603 £ 45,389
The provision of a hospital chaplaincy service is not a statutory obligation for the NHS although it is a statutory obligation for the prison service and the armed forces. It is probably best described as a traditional provision by the NHS.
A million and a quarter pounds each and every year into the future may be seen as a small contribution but only by obtaining many such small contributions may these increasing demands be met.
The creation of a Hospital Chaplaincy Fund to cover the cost of religious care by hospital chaplains would relieve this drain on NHS resources.The proposed charity would need to raise about £1.5 million per year to maintain the present service. This is ought to be entirely achievable for a supposedly valued service. While the present fiscal arrangements are in place, a portion of this amount would be met by gift aid tax which is returned by the Treasury. The Welsh Air Ambulance charity raises £5 million per year.
In Wales the largest single faith community is the Anglican Church in Wales. Alan Rogers , of the Charitable Chaplaincy Campaign, has written to the Bishops and Archbishop of the Church in Wales suggesting that they might be the natural leaders in this enterprise. The reaction has been, the NHS has taken responsibility for religious care, so the Church need not act. Regrettably there appears to be a lack of leadership from the Church in this matter.
As a consequence, a strong political lead is required. The CCC suggest that this should perhaps amount to a declaration of a time period for the transition to charitable funding. Anyone want to second this motion?