Parliamentarians at Westminster have been continuing to press the Government to ensure that children’s palliative care services in England receive fair, sustainable funding from the NHS and local authorities.
On Tuesday (11 December), Sarah Champion, Rotherham’s new MP, used her maiden speech to welcome the national review of palliative care funding. Sarah, who has been Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice for the past four years, highlighted the current unfair system of support for children’s hospices. Last Wednesday (5 December) Prime Minister David Cameron accepted John Glen MP’s request for a meeting following his Commons’ question about the differences between funding for children’s and adult hospices.
Regarding funding for the sector, Together for Short Lives is:
- Influencing the Government’s palliative care funding pilots so that the right data and information is collected and the tariff reflects the nature of children’s palliative care
- Working to ensure that the funding pilot sites are supported and the wider sector is involved in developing and testing the new system
- Working to ensure that any new system is fully tested so that it delivers real benefit to children’s palliative care
- Lobbying to maintain sustainability funding through the transition, including the £10 million a year for children’s hospices, so that it continues to meet any shortfall
Sarah Champion’s maiden speech here 1 hour 35 minutes into the recording.
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