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£4m hospice and palliative care funding announced

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A total of £4m of funding for hospice and palliative care has been announced by the Welsh Assembly Government, with around half going to the independent sector.

Just over £2m will help fund clinical palliative and end of life care at 18 independently-run hospices throughout Wales, with the remaining £1.9m being spent on NHS palliative care services.

Independent Hospices Cymru, which represents the non-NHS hospice system in Wales, welcomed the funding, but said the government needed to stop annual funding announcements.

The organisation’s chair, Emma Saysell, said some hospices had received extra funding, some had seen a fall, and others had remained the same.

‘Whatever the amounts given, we do, however, need to move away from annual funding towards some kind of more stable and long-term funding strategy,’ she said.

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