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DoH invests in Marie Curie Hospices

8th July 2008

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced plans to further empower Marie Curie to deliver end-of-life care at a local level.

It reported additional investment of 4.5 million pounds in Marie Curie Hospices, in addition to 15 million pounds of NHS funding for Marie Curie Nursing Services across the UK.

The 4.5 million pounds will be used for a new Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice situated in Solihull, West Midlands.

It is forecast the hospice will cost a total of 22 million pounds to build, with government funding including 0.5 million revenue for the development of the Marie Curie Delivering Choice Programme.

Last year, the government invested ten million pounds for development and refurbishment work in Marie Curie hospices in north London and Birmingham.

Ivan Lewis, parliamentary under-secretary of state for care services, said: “People coming to the end of their life and their loved ones deserve high quality support which puts compassionate, dignity and respect at its heart.”

He added that the Marie Curie organisation has a strong track record in the provision of quality care, with the government delighted to announce significant new funding to this group.

In January 2008, the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Radiologists and Obstetricians and Gynaecologists called on the NHS to fund fertility services to patients with cancer.

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