PM announces 25 million pounds cash injection to protect hospices and palliative care services which support around 200,000 people at the end of their lives.
The future of hundreds of hospices and palliative care services which provide vital treatment and support for patients at the end of their life will now be protected thanks to a multi-million-pound funding boost from Prime Minister
The Prime Minister today announces that 25 million pounds will be pumped into the sector, building on funding already provided by the
The funding follows a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at
This new investment will help keep many of these facilities – which receive the majority of their funding from the voluntary sector – open and will also improve the quality of end of life care, ensuring people die as comfortably as possible. The money will also support the sector in relieving workforce pressures as well as introducing new services – such as out-of-hours support, respite care and specialist community teams.
"Seeing a loved one nearing the end of their life is one of the hardest things a family will ever experience, so it's vital that we support our fantastic and hardworking hospice staff to deliver the highest quality palliative care.
"As Prime Minister I am making sure that today our hospices and palliative care services are given a 25 million pounds boost to alleviate the everyday pressures faced on the frontline, helping to ensure they have the resources they need, when they need them."
Today's announcement follows campaigning from Chief Executive of Hospice
"End of life is vitally important, and our
"We should expect the highest quality support, so we can spend the last days of our life with our loved ones, dying with dignity in the way that we want to."
The hospice care sector supports more than 200,000 people with terminal and life-limiting conditions in the
"We are pleased that the Government has responded to Hospice
"While this funding boost is welcome and timely, many charitable hospices are facing grave, financial challenges in the long-term and need to raise over 1billion pounds a year in a very tough fundraising climate. As demand grows and costs increase, the need for funding rises every year.
"The support pledged today is an important first step to help protect the vital care provided by charitable hospices for people with life-limiting conditions and their families."
"Many hospices and palliative care providers are facing acute financial pressures and are struggling to meet the growing need for their desperately important services.
"This injection of new funds by the Government could not have come at a more critical time. It will help many, but it will not completely alleviate the serious funding problems facing a swelling number of charitable hospices."
"It was a privilege to meet with the Prime Minister last week. He was very knowledgeable about hospice care and genuinely concerned about the challenges we all face across the hospice sector.
"This announcement of additional funding with the intent to conduct a more detailed review of hospice funding in the near future is extremely welcome and will make a huge difference to our ability to meet the ever increasing needs of our community.