A CONTROVERSIAL staff review at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice has been put on hold.
The board issued a statement today (Wednesday) expressing 'great concern' that people had withdrawn their support for the Isle of Wight charity as a result of the shake-up.
As previously reported, there has been an outcry over the departure of former fundraising manager Karen Eeles.
The hospice said today: "The board of EMH has an absolute priority to preserve and continue the high standards of patient care that has been provided to our community for over 30 years. Maintaining the highest standards of patient care and ensuring that future secure funding is available was the objective behind the recent review.
"Unfortunately this review resulted in the unexpected and regrettable loss of Karen Eeeles, our popular and valued public fundraiser.
"There are now a few individuals, probably from the best of motives, who are threatening to destabilise the hospice, which has led to some very loyal stakeholders expressing concern and withdrawing their support to EMH.
"This is a matter of great concern and the Board is listening to all points of view and indeed the results of our recent staff annual survey are currently being examined carefully. We are under no doubt that our staff and volunteers are our greatest asset.
"The board would like to reassure the public that we will put on hold any further review activity until we have learnt the lessons from the recent events and that there will be a more listening ethos in both the board and management in the future.
"We are seeking and working for reconciliation and are heartened by the groundswell of popular good feeling towards the hospice and its services."