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23 April 2024 - Hospice Funding - Oral evidence

Committee Health and Social Care Committee
Inquiry Hospice Funding

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Start times: 9:30am (private) 10:00am (public)


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MPs to examine financial challenges facing hospices

MPs will consider whether funding for hospices is sufficient to meet demand. This topical session follows the committee’s major report on Assisted dying/Assisted suicide which urged the government to commit to additional funding, guaranteeing support for hospices in need. In evidence to the inquiry, the current funding model was described as ‘unsustainable’, risking hospice closures.

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Private discussion
Work Hospice Funding (Non-inquiry session)
At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Work Hospice Funding (Non-inquiry session)
Chief Executive Officer at Hospice UK
Associate Director for Policy & Public Affairs England at Marie Curie
Head of External Affairs at Together for Short Lives
Medical Director at St Clare's Hospice

Hospice funding relies primarily on charitable donations, with grant-in-aid funding from the NHS and government meeting only around a third of their costs. Reforms two years ago passed the commissioning of palliative and end-of-life care mainly to Integrated Care Boards.

Children’s and other smaller hospices receive less statutory funding as a percentage of overall expenditure compared to larger adult hospices, with clinical services facing shortfalls.

Among areas the committee will consider, the current state of hospice funding and changes needed to ensure hospices can meet future demand.

Location

Room 16, Palace of Westminster

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