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Palliative Care Standards

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to fund the continuing work of the Gold Standard Framework Programme to improve end-of-life care in primary care teams and in care homes with central resources. (187270)

Funding has been incorporated into strategic health authority (SHA) NHS bundle to support the continuation of the End of Life Care programme, of which the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) forms an important part. It is for SHAs to decide how this funding should be allocated.

The central team for the End of Life Care programme has also received further funding to support its developing role as the national support team for the future implementation of the End of Life Care strategy. An important part of the team’s work will be the continuation of existing initiatives, including the roll out of supporting tools such as the GSF.