End-of-life charities 'can bid for government funding'

Charities involved in providing care for people at the end of their lives could bid for funding from a new £238m government fund, an umbrella body has claimed.

Help the Hospices, which is a membership body for independent care homes across the UK, said that the new end-of-life strategy, published by the Department of Health this week, will provide greater opportunities for charities to influence government policy and apply for funding.

The strategy pledged £286m over a two-year period from 2009/10 to give people in England greater choice over where they end their lives. The money will be distributed primarily through local primary care trusts.

Brian Davis, policy and public affairs officer at Help the Hospices, said: "We believe that hospices will be in a prime position to bid for some of the funding that will be available.

"There will be opportunities for hospices to engage locally with primary care trusts and look for ways of influencing outcomes."

The full strategy can be found here.

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