Hospices: Finance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 3 July 2023.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Independent, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps to ensure that levels of funding for hospices adequately take into account variations in (a) service provision and (b) regional need.

Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Independent, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help support the hospice movement.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

While the National Health Service has been required to commission appropriate palliative and end of life care services to meet the reasonable needs of the population, as part of the Health and Care Act 2022, the Government added palliative care services to the list of services an integrated care board must commission, to clarify this responsibility.

NHS England has actively increased its support to local commissioners to improve the accessibility, quality and sustainability of palliative and end of life care for all. This has included the publication of statutory guidance and service specifications.

NHS England is investing £25 million in the Children and Young People’s Hospice Grant this year, to provide care closer to home for those seriously ill as and when they need it. NHS England has now confirmed that it will be renewing the grant for 2024/25, once again allocating £25 million grant funding for children’s hospices. NHS England will confirm the funding mechanism and individual hospice allocations in due course.

The Government, alongside key partners, NHS England, will continue to proactively engage with our stakeholders, including the voluntary sector on an ongoing basis, to understand the issues they face.

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