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Hospices: Finance

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospices in England received funding from his Department in the last 12 months. (194379)

It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs) to decide the level of funding they allocate to end-of-life-care services, including hospices, based on assessments of local needs and priorities. The level of funding a hospice receives is a matter for negotiation between the local PCT and the hospice.

In September 2006, the Government established a £40 million capital fund, which adult hospices were able to bid for to improve their physical environments. The funding has been made available as part of the dignity in care for older people work, although it will benefit all adult patients using hospice facilities. In April 2007, Ministers announced that 146 hospices, with 191 projects, had been allocated funding from the fund.