NHS England has announced that funding for children’s hospices will increase to £25 million a year.
With advances in medicine, seriously ill children and young people with more complex health conditions can now live for a longer time and have more fulfilling lives. Children’s hospice services provide end-of-life care and support to children with a terminal diagnosis and their families close to home. They currently receive £12 million a year in funding through the NHS England’s hospice grant programme. The funding is set to increase by an additional £13 million in 2023-2024 as a part of the NHS long-term plan.
England is among the best countries across the world in providing end-of-life care, where the focus is not only on physical care but also on the emotional, social, practical and psychological needs of terminally ill patients. NHS England continues to collaborate with other national organisations and charities through the National End of Life Care programme.
Simon Stevens, NHS England's Chief Executive, 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."