MP welcomes funding boost for Children's hospices

Stafford MP, Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the news that Children's hospices are to receive funding boost under NHS plans.

NHS England’s hospital grant programme currently provides £11m a year for children’s hospices, helping them to provide care and support to children and families close to home at the end of life.

NHS England has now announced a funding boost for children’s hospices worth up to £25million per year. Over the next five years, as part of the NHS long-term plan, additional funding will be available each year, increasing by up to £7m a year by 2023/24, if clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) also provide additional match funding.

Jeremy had been a supporter of the Together for Short Lives’ #fundnotfail campaign last year which called on the government to increase statutory funding for children’s palliative care services in England.

Commenting, Jeremy said: “This is very welcome news for children’s hospices and the families that they support. Caring for a child at the end of their life is the hardest thing a parent or carer will ever do, and so it is essential they have somewhere to turn for help if they need it.

“This extra funding should help provide more stability for children’s hospices at a time when demand for their services is increasing”