Published: March 9, 2017
No mention children’s palliative care in Spring Budget
This week the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP delivered his Spring Budget statement to the House of Commons. He did not mention children’s palliative care during his speech or in the associated suite of policy documents and costings. More generally, there were no specific policy changes for children’s health and social care. Together for Short Lives has issued a statement expressing disappointment at this.
Barbara Gelb OBE, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives, said: “Budget 2017 confirms our worst fears: sadly it seems only the loudest voices are being heard and the weakest, the most vulnerable children in our society, and their families, are being pushed to the periphery. Unless the government actively steps in to fix this broken system, which is supposed to give these families the support they need, then they will never be part of the ambition for a stronger, fairer, better Britain which works for everyone.”
Peter Ellis, Chief Executive of Richard House, added: “Richard House offers much needed services for families across North-East London, and we could not do this without the generous funding contribution we receive from local commissioners which we are very grateful for. However, with the higher than average prevalence of children and young people with life-limiting and complex health care conditions living in North-East London, and with an increasingly difficult climate in which to raise funds, there is a gap between the level of support families need to what is made available, not just from a children’s hospice service but from all health and social care provision. Therefore we must continue to raise the profile of families who need our attention and support.”
Together for Short Lives have outlined the policy changes that they want to see in their submission to HM Treasury, which you can read here.