Government pledges £20m to cancer charity

The Department of Health and NHS announced yesterday that it had pledged nearly £20m for Marie Curie Cancer Care as part of the Government's forthcoming End of Life care strategy.

The NHS allocated £15m for Marie Curie nursing services across the UK and the department said it would spend £4.5m on Marie Curie hospices. Both commitments aim to ensure patients have more choice in end of life care.

"Marie Curie has an excellent track record in providing quality care and is pioneering new ways of working which put the needs of patients and families first," said Ivan Lewis, MP and parliamentary under secretary of state for care services.

Thomas Hughes-Hallett, chief executive of Marie Curie, said: "We are encouraged to see end of life care being given the recognition it deserves."

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