Hospice Funding

Health written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Mr Archie Norman Mr Archie Norman Conservative, Tunbridge Wells

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the funds he announced on 26 December 2003 to improve care for the dying will be allocated; and how much will be made available to hospices.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

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 26 December will specifically help support implementation of the Macmillan Gold Standards Framework, South Lancashire and Cumbria Cancer Network's Preferred Place of Care and Marie Curie's Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying.

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.

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