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Terminal Care

Volume 471: debated on Wednesday 30 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend the Marie Curie Delivering Choice programme for terminally ill people to parts of the country not currently served by it. (181001)

We are supportive of Marie Curie Cancer Care's Delivering Choice programme, which provides a good example of the ways in which charities can work with the statutory sector to deliver quality care and patient choice. We are in discussion with Marie Curie on how we can further support the programme, but decisions on whether to fund local programmes remain the responsibility of primary care trusts.