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Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of core budget requirements for the hospice movement in England is provided by central Government. (91628)

Data supplied by Help the Hospices state that, in 2004 NHS funding for adult voluntary hospices averaged 38 per cent. of expenditure, although this figure varied across the country. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations. There is no requirement that PCTs should ensure voluntary hospices receive a fixed proportion of public funding and there are no plans to introduce a requirement. The level of funding agreed is a matter for local negotiation between the PCT and the hospice.