Nicholas Brown – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Nicholas Brown on 2016-02-01.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of provision of paediatric palliative care services in North East England (a) in general and (b) in comparison to other English regions.

Ben Gummer

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility for ensuring that they are meeting the needs of those requiring children’s palliative care services, considering the full range of local provision, both statutory and voluntary sectors, and the wishes of children and young people and their families. We do not undertake national comparisons of the approach to palliative care in different regions.

We understand that NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG, together with partners across the region is working as a priority to commission a regional service that will be able to provide high quality care that can meet the needs of children, young people and families at this difficult time in their lives, replacing the current fast-track response agreed with local paediatric care service providers.