Hospices to finally pick up promised £50m of NHS funds

Hospices and palliative care groups are set to receive £50 million of government money - three years after it was pledged.

The money was originally announced in the 2000 NHS Cancer Plan to increase the Government's contribution to hospice costs. "The money was announced and then disappeared," said John Quill, chair of the Association for Hospice Management.

"We have managed to embarrass the Government and it has now committed that the money will make its way down to special palliative care."

The majority of hospice care is provided by 161 independent local charitable hospices across the UK. The Government contributes an average of 16.5 per cent of costs with the remainder provided by charitable fundraising.

Individual hospices joined forces with the National Council for Hospices and Specialist Palliative Care Services, Help the Hospices and the Association for Hospice Management.

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