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Welsh government hands palliative care £6.5m boost

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Wales is investing £6.5m in its palliative care services as part of the Delivering End of Life Care Plan, published in April.

Welsh health minister Mark Drakeford said the pot of cash will be distributed throughout the rest of this year and into 2014, with £2.4m of it invested in hospices.

Mr Drakeford said hospices earmarked for the funds were being notified this week. Confirmation of the investment followed his visits to two hospices - Cardiff’s George Thomas Hospice and St David’s in Newport.

The minister praised nursing staff, saying: “For many people facing the end of their life, and their loved ones, hospices provide vital medical and emotional support. They provide skilled nursing care tailored to the individual’s needs, free of charge.”

“Our End of Life Care Delivery Plan recognises the importance of the hospice sector in providing a co-ordinated end of life care service, alongside the NHS and other partners, ” he said, adding: “It is therefore important we fund hospices properly and I am pleased to confirm the allocation of £2.4m direct to hospices for this financial year.”

The minister said standards of care should be consistent whether a person opts to die at home, in hospital or in a hospice.

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