Hospice bosses' cautious welcome

HOSPICE bosses in Suffolk cautiously welcomed a government pledge to develop a national strategy for children's palliative care.The findings of an independent review of care for seriously ill and life-limited youngsters were released yesterday.

HOSPICE bosses in Suffolk cautiously welcomed a government pledge to develop a national strategy for children's palliative care.

The findings of an independent review of care for seriously ill and life-limited youngsters were released yesterday.

Although Health Minister Ivan Lewis welcomed the report, he stopped short of promising more cash for such care.

Bosses at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), which provides care in the community and at centres in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham, questioned whether sufficient funds would be available for the new system to work.

Tracy Rennie , EACH's director of care, said that although plans for a national strategy for care were “fantastic”, she feared the announcement was a “double-edged sword.”

“To set up a national strategy is a brilliant first step. My concern is that there just isn't the funding in the system to keep services going.”

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