Charitable hospices to benefit from £60m of government investment

Care minister Norman Lamb says the fund will help 176 projects to provide dignified and high-quality care

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Charitable hospices across England are to benefit from a £60m investment by the Department of Health.

The charity Help the Hospices will administer the £60m fund, which will pay for 176 projects designed to improve patient care. A spokesman for Help the Hospices confirmed that most of the hospices that had successfully bid to run projects had charitable status.

Help the Hospices said that demand for the funding had been so high that most hospices received only a proportion of the amount they requested.

Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, which is a charity, will receive £940,000, the highest amount for an individual hospice, to develop a new therapy centre.

David Praill, chief executive of Help the Hospices, said: "We have seen exceptional demand for this programme from hospices, confirming the hospice sector’s strong commitment to innovation and improvement. These grants will make a huge difference to the quality of care that hospices provide to people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses, at home and in hospices."

Norman Lamb, the care minister, said the fund would help hospices to provide dignified and high-quality care to support people at a difficult time in their lives. "Every one of us has the right to the best quality of care at the end of our lives," he said. "Hospices play an integral role in helping to deliver this."

This article was taken from Third Sector – http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/1178049/