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Palliative Care: Finance

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much her Department provided in exceptional allocation monies for specialist palliative care in Gloucestershire in each of the last three years for which figures are available; (143696)

(2) what steps she is taking to ensure that exceptional allocation monies for specialist palliative care services are spent on those services; and if she will make a statement.

[holding answers 18 June 2007]: Ministers set up a central budget of £50 million per annum for specialist palliative care for the three years beginning 2003-04. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT) is part of the Three Counties Cancer Network which received £928,000 per annum between 2003-04 and 2005-06. The Department does not have figures for individual PCTs. The £50 million was made recurrent in PCT baseline allocations from 2006-07.

PCTs are responsible within the national health service for commissioning and funding services for their resident population, including end of life care. It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations.