Children’s hospices to receive £25 million a year as part of NHS Long Term Plan
Funding for children’s hospices will rise to £25 million a year, NHS England has pledged.
Medical advances mean the NHS can help seriously ill children and young people with more complex health issues live longer, more fulfilling lives.
NHS England’s hospice grant programme currently provides £12 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. As part of the NHS long term plan, funding will increase with an additional £13 million going to children’s hospices in 2023/24.
Clinical Commissioning Groups have been asked to provide match funding but NHS England has now guaranteed the investment after campaigners raised concerns.
Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said: “Hospices play a crucial role in providing essential children’s palliative care services, which is why our NHS Long Term Plan will double the contribution made to children’s hospices. ”
James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care at NHS England and Improvement, said: “There can be no more difficult time for a parent or carer than looking after a child at the end of their life.
“Supporting families when they need it most is a top priority for the NHS and that is why we will ensure that this funding reaches children’s hospices. ”