Magazine article Public Finance

Palliative Care Given Funding and Policy Boost

Magazine article Public Finance

Palliative Care Given Funding and Policy Boost

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Primary care trusts will receive an extra £88m next year as part of a package to improve the care of terminally ill patients.

Health Secretary Alan Johnson said the extra money would fulfil the government's 2005 manifesto commitment to double the funding for palliative care.

Spending in 2005 was estimated to be £180m so the extra funding £88m in 2009/10 and £198m in 2010/11 - would meet the manifesto pledge comfortably.

Johnson said the increased funding would allow terminally ill patients to choose where they wished to die. Surveys have shown that most people would prefer to die at home but only around 18% do so.

The additional funding was announced alongside the launch of the government's ten-year End-ofLife Care strategy. The first of its kind, the strategy will strengthen support for those who choose to die at home. …

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