Health secretary Andrew Lansley today launched a review of palliative care funding that is designed to help more people die at home.
The review will draw up plans for a per-patient funding system for palliative care providers for both adults and children’s services.
Lansley said: “This review will look at how we better deploy the money we spend on palliative care – so those in need are better supported. We intend that whatever care patients choose will meet their needs and wishes.”
The review will be headed up by Tom Hughes-Hallet, chief executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care. He has been the chair of the department’s end-of-life care advisory board since its inception in April 2009.
The review will report by next summer.