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Marie Curie given further funding

9th July 2008

A national cancer charity has been given millions of pounds of government money to help ensure that more terminally ill patients have choice in end of life care.


The Department of Health is investing a further £4.5 million in Marie Curie Hospices and NHS allocating £15 million in funding for Marie Curie Nursing Services across the UK.

Coming ahead of the publication of the Government’s End of Life Care Strategy, the charity - celebrating its 60th anniversary - said it was encouraged to see end of life care being given the recognition it deserves.

Its chief executive Thomas Hughes-Hallett said: “Most people want to die at home and Marie Curie Cancer Care has demonstrated, through the Delivering Choice Programme, that it is possible to double the number of people supported to spend their final days at home - at no extra cost to the government.

“We look forward to the End of Life Care Strategy containing firm recommendations for the NHS locally to continue to increase expenditure and develop strategies for delivering end of life care to those who need it. We hope to work with the NHS region by region to ensure that more people have a choice in end of life care.”

Of the money, £4.5 million will go for a new Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in Solihull, West Midlands and follows on from a £10 million capital investment from the Department of Health last year for development and refurbishment work in Marie Curie hospices in North London and Birmingham.


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