Date lodged: 12 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it plans to ensure parity of funding between childrens and adult hospices.
Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2017
Guidance for the procurement of palliative and end of life services, including those provided by independent adult hospices, is set out in Chief Executive Letter, CEL 12 (2012). The CEL makes clear that funding of mutually agreed specialist palliative care services should be reached by NHS Boards and independent adult hospices on a 50% calculation of agreed costs.
Last year we announced funding of £30 million over five years to address the specific issue of support for children and young people’s palliative and end of life care needs. This investment brings funding for children's hospice services in line with that provided for adult hospice services.