Palliative Care

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of funding available to NHS palliative care in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Sunderland in (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is shown in the following table.

Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Expenditure on End of Life Care, 2013/14 (£ million)

All CCGs in England


North East CCGs


NHS Sunderland CCG


Source: Programme Budgeting Collection, NHS England


  1. CCG expenditure on end of life care was collected for the first time on an experimental basis as part of the 2013/14 Programme Budgeting Collection. The data is published in the Programme Budgeting benchmarking tool on the NHS England website. Data for 2014/15 is currently being collected and is not yet available.
  2. “End of life care” expenditure in this data collection refers to expenditure on specialist palliative care and hospice care.
  3. “North East CCGs” includes the following CCGs: NHS Darlington CCG, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, NHS Gateshead CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG, NHS Newcastle West CCG, NHS North Durham CCG, NHS North Tyneside CCG, NHS Northumberland CCG, NHS South Tees CCG, NHS South Tyneside CCG, and NHS Sunderland CCG.
  4. Data quality: The Programme Budgeting Collection currently contains experimental data. The quality of the data included in the Programme budgeting collection varies by CCG and certain CCGs’ data quality issues may have an impact on the ability to benchmark expenditure with other CCGs. Full details of data quality for each CCG are available on the NHS England website at:

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