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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Pledge for the Shooting Star

Dr Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, has today vowed that a Liberal Democrat government would continue to support the current statutory funding for children’s palliative care, which is due to expire next year.

Dr Cable, a patron of The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, made the pledge after visiting the hospice in south-west London last week, where he discussed the funding with Chief Executive Dalton Leong. Dr Cable said: ‘Children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families, should get the high quality palliative care they need in the location of their choosing. We will ensure that existing central government funding for children's palliative care, currently worth £10 million a year, continues until local funding fills the gap. Children and their families must be able to rely on 24/7 support from suitably-trained nurses. This should not be a party political issue.’

The current funding began in 2006 after Tony Blair’s Labour government gave a three-year commitment to provide £27 million to support children’s palliative care. This was extended in 2009 although the funding – equal to less than ten per cent of a children’s hospice’s running costs – is due to expire in 2011.

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Pictured are MP Vince cable and Shooting Star Chief Executive Dalton Leong.
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