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DH hands hospices £60m funding boost

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Hospices across England providing end of life care for children and adults have been given a share of £60m government funding to improve care environments and settings.

A total of 176 hospices will benefit from the fund, which will be used to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, as well as supporting care for patients in their own homes.

Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects the government judged to be delivering improvements that directly benefit patients, have a tangible impact on the physical environment and provide value for money.

Care and Support minister Norman Lamb said: “This fund will help hospices provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.”

David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said: “Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.

“This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided,” he added.

The funding is the third tranche from a major grant programme delivered by the Department of Health and administered by Help the Hospices, which was launched in July 2008. In both 2007-08 and 2010-11 £40m was invested.

Help the Hospices noted that due to the “exceptional demand” for the scheme, the vast majority of projects were awarded a proportion of the full amount they had requested.

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