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Palliative Care: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress she has made towards meeting the commitment contained within the Labour party 2005 election manifesto to double spending on palliative care services. (123064)

Ministers have charged Professor Mike Richards, the national cancer director, with support from all other national clinical directors, to develop an end of life care strategy for adults. The strategy will deliver increased choice to all adult patients regardless of their condition about where they live and die, and, within available resources, provide them with support to make this possible. The strategy will help deliver the Government's manifesto commitment and the commitments in the White Paper “Our health, our care, our say”.