Stuart Andrew recently met with Together for Short Lives to discuss the challenges facing children who need palliative care.
It had been announced that, over the next five years, up to £7 million additional funding will be made available to children’s hospices each year. However, this funding has not been included in the NHS’s Long-Term Plan, which stated that additional funding will also be available to other non-hospice palliative care services and not exclusively to children’s hospices as the funding was previously earmarked.
Stuart said: “Hospice care is absolutely crucial and something many of us sincerely hope we will never have to experience. Having worked in Martin House Children’s Hospice before becoming a Member of Parliament, I recall first-hand what a difference this funding makes to the lives of those children that would otherwise be suffering unnecessarily and also to their families.
I was delighted by the previous commitment to funding for children’s hospice services and I would like to encourage NHS England to honour the commitment they made previously. It is important that funding is adequate and cohesive across the country and I will be raising my concerns over this with the Chief Executive of NHS England and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care myself.”