Are hospices the new 'forgotten frontline' in the UK's coronavirus crisis?

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Are hospices the new 'forgotten frontline' in the UK's coronavirus crisis?

Thursday, 30 April

During this pandemic, we've heard a lot about the challenges faced by the UK's hospitals and care homes, where so far more than 26,000 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19.

In this episode, we look at another sector under pressure - hospices. Demand for their services during the outbreak have risen significantly: hospices are caring for three times as many patients as this time last year.

ITV News Correspondent Daniel Hewitt has been reporting on what's happening in our hospices. He talks to Mary Nightingale about the concerns he's heard from hospice staff about protective equipment after they were denied access to government supplies. He's also been talking to patients, some of who fear that because of the restrictions in place, they'll die without their families by their side.

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