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Funding fog for children’s hospices

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Following the government’s announcement to give £286m to adult end-of-life care, charities representing children’s palliative care services have questioned why the government is not funding the children’s palliative care strategy for England.

The strategy Better Care: Better Lives was published by the Department of Health in February 2007. PCTs have been told they will receive significant funding to implement the children’s strategy. Unlike the adult strategy, however, actual figures have not been given and charities are concerned that this is reducing the strategy’s impact.

Roughly 20,000 limited-life children and their families need palliative care services each year.

Lizzie Chambers, chief executive of the Association for Children’s Palliative Care, said: ‘Although PCTs now know what new money they are getting to improve adult services, they are still in the dark about the extra funding they have been given for children. There seems to be one rule for adults and another for children.’

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