Hospice chairman to meet PM

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THE Prime Minister is due to meet the chairman of Naomi House tomorrow to discuss improvements to children’s hospice funding.

David Cameron pledged to meet Professor Khalid Aziz following a question raised in parliament by Salisbury MP John Glen in December.

Mr Glen raised concerns regarding the way in which the hospice, which is based in Hampshire and caters for children from Wiltshire, was considered a private clinic when paying for essential medicines needed by the youngsters in their care.

Prof Aziz said: "For too long children's hospices have been the Cinderellas when it comes to government funding. “It has been a hit and miss affair with some health authorities such as Dorset and Wiltshire being most helpful and offering a simple, workable funding formula which has stood the test of time.

“We are hoping that, thanks to the support of our MPs, in particular John Glen and Steve Brine, this face to face meeting with the Prime Minister will mean we can repeat the formula across the rest of the health service, not just for Naomi House but for the 41 other children's hospices too, putting them on a par with adult hospices."

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