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Hospices: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that hospices receive adequate funding; and if she will make a statement on the future of hospice funding. (121029)

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for commissioning and funding palliative care services locally, including the level of funding for hospices. It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them and to commission service; to meet the healthcare needs of their local population.

As part of the dignity in care for older people initiative, Ministers have recently announced a capital fund of up to 40 million that adult hospices can bid for to improve their environment.

The role of, and funding for hospices are among the issues which will be considered by the end of life care strategy.

We have announced funding of £27 million over 3 years for children’s hospice services. The first grants were made in October 2006. We have also established an independent review of the long term sustainability of children's palliative care services (including children’s hospices). The review is due to report in spring 2007.