Palliative Care

Health written question – answered on 24th April 2012.

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Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker Conservative, Worcester

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are being made for the commissioning of children's palliative care services in Worcestershire following the introduction of NHS reforms; and what representations his Department has received on this matter.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The majority of clinical interventions will be commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) although for some services, a collaborative, or in a small number of cases, a national approach may be appropriate. We expect that most children's palliative care services will therefore be commissioned by CCGs.

The Department has received recent correspondence from my hon. Friend on behalf of Acorns, a provider of children's palliative care services in Worcestershire.

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