NHS England has announced it will increase funding for children’s hospices in England to as much as £25 million a year.
NHS England’s hospital grant programme currently provides £11 million a year for children’s hospices, helping to provide care and support to children and their families close to home in their final days.
Over the next five years, as part of the NHS long term plan, additional funding will be available each year, increasing by up to £7 million a year by 2023/24, if clinical commissioning groups also provide additional match funding.
Commenting in response, Hospice UK Chief Executive Tracey Bleakley said:
"This is welcome news for children's hospices and the families that they support.
"The children and young people supported by hospice care have complex needs associated with life-limiting conditions, and hospices provide a lifeline to them and their families.
"Providing this extra funding over the next five years will help provide more stability for children's hospices at a time when demand for their support is increasing.
"We hope that local clinical commissioning groups will take NHS England's lead and play their part in making sure this much needed investment helps children's hospices reach even more families in need."
Read the full release on the NHS England website.
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