HC Deb 21 March 1989 vol 149 c572W
63. Mr. Ian Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was allocated by his Department in 1988 to hospice projects.

Mr. Freeman

Most NHS funding for local hospice projects is from health authorities. However, in the current financial year, the Government have provided(i) an additional £5.5 million for health authorities towards the extra cost of the nurses' pay award as it affects their contractual and other longstanding arrangements with independent and mainly charitable hospitals and hospices; about a quarter of this sum was for hospices; (ii) a grant of £400,000 to "Help the Hospices" for disbursement to individual hospice projects; (iii) grants of £170,000 to the London Lighthouse and of £256,000 to the Mildmay Mission Hospital, which provide in-patient hospice units for the care of people with AIDS.