Increase in funding for children’s palliative care in Scotland

Categories: Care.

In their latest news, Together for Short Lives reported on the government of Scotland committing €30 million of funds to Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) as part of a plan to increase investment in children’s palliative care over the next five years.

CHAS is made up of two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch. These children’s hospices provide support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in Scotland. Their services include short breaks, end of life care and bereavement services and a home care service.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison, announced the additional funding during the SNP Conference. The funding of €30 million will commence in 2017/2018 and will provide approximately half of the running costs of CHAS. This announcement follows research published last year that showed a 50% increase in the number of babies, children and young people who could benefit from palliative care in the past ten years.

Barbara Gelb, Together for Short Lives Chief Executive, had the following to say about the Scottish Government announcement, “We are absolutely delighted that the Scottish Government has taken this radical step towards ensuring sustainable funding for children’s hospices in Scotland. Children’s hospices are voluntary sector organisations and rely heavily on charitable donations to meet their costs. We know that nationally many children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions are unable to access the services that they need and so we welcome the recognition from the Scottish Government that a degree of statutory investment in these voluntary sector services is vital.” Click here, to read the full article.