The Command Paper arising from the recent consultation on Choice, Responsiveness and Equity in the NHS, "Building on the Best", stated that, building on work already in hand to develop specialist palliative care services for cancer, we will be working in partnership with voluntary and statutory bodies to build on current initiatives and extend them over time to all adult patients nearing the end of life. The project will, therefore, benefit all patients, including those with cancer. The additional £12 million (over three years) funding to support this initiative announced by my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, on
Arrangements for the allocation of the £12 million is still being finalised. The Department, through the national clinical director, is working closely with key stakeholders on how this project will be handled.